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Taxi Drivers, Ride-Hailing Drivers and Chauffeurs

What Taxi Drivers, Ride-Hailing Drivers, and Chauffeurs Do

Taxi drivers, ride-hailing drivers, and chauffeurs transport people to and from the places they need to go, such as airports, homes, shopping centers, and workplaces. These drivers must know their way around a city to take passengers to their destinations.



Work Environment

About 1 in 4 taxi drivers, ride-hailing drivers, and chauffeurs worked part time in 2016. Evening and weekend work is common.

How to Become a Taxi Driver, Ride-Hailing Driver, or Chauffeur

Most taxi drivers, ride-hailing drivers, and chauffeurs go through a brief training period. Many states and local municipalities require taxi drivers and chauffeurs to get a taxi or limousine license. Although not required, many of these workers have a high school diploma.

Pay

The median annual wage for taxi drivers, ride-hailing drivers, and chauffeurs was $24,880 in May 2017.

Job Outlook 
 Overall employment of taxi drivers, ride-hailing drivers, and chauffeurs is projected to grow 5 percent by 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. An increase in ride-hailing services, which customers use through smartphone apps, should contribute to employment growth.