Taxi Drivers

Taxi drivers, also known as cab drivers, operate automobiles and other motor vehicles to take passengers from one place to another for a fee. This fee is usually based on distance traveled or time as recorded on a taximeter. There are currently about 180,960 taxi drivers and chauffeurs in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Cab Drivers, Cabbies
Duties Operate automobiles and other motor vehicles to take passengers from one place to another for a fee
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in urban and suburban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Business
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience Driving experience is helpful
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Must be 21 years of age in most places; pass background check
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Poor
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Manager or Independent Operator
  • Lead Driver
  • Experienced Taxi Driver
  • Entry-Level Taxi Driver

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