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Driving Instructor Salary

Commissions form a big slice (124 percent) of total compensation for Driving Instructors. The median income in this area hovers around $31K. Pay ranges from $10.02 per hour on the low end to $20.64 on the high end. Male Driving Instructors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. While some workers in this profession — a fair number — do not have any health coverage, around one in four do receive medical benefits and nearly one in four have dental insurance. For the most part, Driving Instructors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,532 - $57,546
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$26K
$40K
$58K
MEDIAN: $40,338
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$10.02 - $20.64
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$25,532 - $57,546  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $516  
Total Pay (?
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$21,184 - $48,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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Hourly Rate
$10.02 - $20.64  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.36  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $516  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$21,184 - $48,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 234

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Job Description for Driving Instructor

Driving instructors train people of different skill levels on how to correctly and safely operate vehicles. Instructors mainly work in vehicles with people who are either earning their license for the first time or those who have decided to make a career out of commercial driving (such as commercial truck drivers). Driving instructors cover a wide range of topics, including driver safety, traffic laws, and defensive driving tactics.

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Driving Instructor Tasks

  • Instruct, mentor, & tutor new drivers in the classroom and on the road.
  • Create an evaluation rubric and utilize it to fairly and accurately assess driver skills
  • Develop training materials and instruction modules designed to adequately prepare new drivers for real-life driving situations.

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Pay by Experience Level for Driving Instructor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Driving Instructors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $30K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $32K on average. On average, Driving Instructors make $39K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $42K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Driving Instructor Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Driving Instructor in Napa:
"Be very nice and patient."
Make your job fun, be nice and patient and encourage your students to keep trying. If they don't get it, show them different ways like some people learn by a simple drawing, or maybe they need to physically see you do it first. Always be aware of the other cars around you. Be ready for all ages, personalities , even ones that don't speak English , I find that very challenging, but I still get the point across and my students love me and I am the most requested instructor in town. I'm wanting to maybe work for DMV examiner for the benefits, sitting in a car for 40 hrs a week can put a lot of stress on your back and legs.

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Experience Affects Driving Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 27% dental benefits Dental: 24%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 73%