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Taxi Driver

Taxi drivers operate automobiles and vans to transport paying passengers.

  • Avg. Salary $18,972.00
  • Avg. Wage $13.39
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 5,900
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Driver

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Taxi and Limousine Drivers (7413.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs (H713) 
  • 2011 NOC: Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs (7513) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

68%
68%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Taxi Driver is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Taxi and Limousine Drivers
OBJECTIVE

Interest in driving to pick passengers up and transport them to their destinations

METHODICAL

Interest in copying information to record transactions and collect flat-rate and taximeter fares

SOCIAL

Interest in speaking to maintain contact with dispatchers

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Taxi drivers charge passengers a fee based on the distance and time driven. In general, they:

  • pick up passengers or meet passengers in response to a dispatched call or a pre-arranged booking
  • help passengers board or leave the taxi
  • provide directions and information about the area, town, or city
  • report (by radio or computer monitor) to a central dispatcher
  • drive vehicles safely and efficiently to desired destinations
  • collect fares and make change
  • clean vehicles daily
  • perform routine meter and vehicle maintenance checks (such as checking tires and oil levels)
  • ensure that vehicles meet mechanical safety standards.
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Driving a taxi can be emotionally and physically demanding. Drivers work in all types of road and weather conditions. Some routinely lift luggage and other items weighing up to 20 kilograms.

Many drivers work 10 hours or more a day, often 6 days a week. Some drivers prefer to work night shifts because there is less traffic.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Taxi drivers need to possess:

  • a courteous nature when dealing with the public
  • the physical co-ordination and spatial awareness required to safely operate a vehicle
  • patience and coping skills (for dealing with traffic and difficult passengers)
  • a neat personal appearance
  • a willingness to keep vehicles clean
  • an awareness of passengers’ comfort and safety needs
  • self-discipline.

They should enjoy:

  • driving
  • having clear rules and guidelines for their work
  • dealing with people.
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

There are no standard education requirements, but taxi drivers must:

  • have an Alberta Class 4 driver’s licence
  • be able to speak clearly and provide good customer service
  • have a thorough knowledge of local house numbering systems
  • have a thorough knowledge of the locations of important buildings and landmarks
  • have a municipal taxi permit and no criminal convictions (a criminal record check must be obtained from the police).

Some municipal taxi commissions require permit applicants to successfully complete a 2-day course for new drivers.

The municipality and individual cab companies monitor driver demerit points and moving convictions. Often, cab companies do not allow drivers to work if they have more than 6 demerit points.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Most taxi drivers are self-employed. Some drivers own their own vehicles. Others prefer to lease or rent a vehicle.

Taxi drivers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7513: Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs. In Alberta, 78% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation.

In Alberta, the H713: Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.1% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 132 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Most drivers work on a flat rate per shift and may receive tips. The driver pays a certain amount per day to the company. This covers the cost of using the cab and on-board computer. Revenues over that amount belong to the driver. Some drivers work part time or have other jobs.

Out of their earnings, owner-drivers must pay expenses such as gas, oil, repairs, car payments, and stand rent. This may leave little profit. Another option is to hire another driver to drive the cab on a second shift. This way, the car runs almost 24 hours a day.

Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $12.20 $15.00 $12.79 $12.40
Overall $12.20 $18.75 $13.39 $12.88
Top $12.20 $19.58 $16.56 $16.75

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

C: Lower Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Lower Reliability, represents a CV of between 15.01% and 33.00% and/or if fewer than 20 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 33% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
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Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

57%
57%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

68%
68%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

23%
23%

Vacancy Rate

7%
Related High School Subjects
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Logistics
    • Mechanics
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Driver Training

Updated Mar 31, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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