The national average salary for a limousine driver is around $7.81 to $19.57 per hour with hourly tips ranging all the way from $1.02 to $9.79. The average bonus amount for limousine drivers is around $4,000. The average yearly salary for limousine drivers is $35,500.
Personally, I make about 55,000 each year from driving my limousine each year. Sometimes I only get tipped $2 per hour while other times it is much more. I definitely earn more than the average limousine driver, but it does vary a bit year to year.
I have a few other friends who are limousine drivers in the same city as me, and most of them only make around $35,000 to $38,000 per year. I certainly credit my extra earnings to my technical driving skills as well as sociability with my passengers. The amount that I’ve made as a limo driver has steadily increased over the years as my skills improved.
While it is true that a limo driver’s yearly earnings is partially a reflection of the area they work in, it also has to do with how skilled of a driver they are. There are a lot of subtleties to this type of work that even a lot of experienced drivers don’t seem to understand or care about.
When I started out as a limo driver when I was 20 years old, I was probably only making about $30,000 each year. This number quickly started shooting up as I became more experienced and familiarized myself with all of those small but important things that limo drivers need to focus on for the benefit of their passengers.
Ten percent of all limo drivers make around $24,000 each year, while 25% make about $35,000. Almost 50% of all limousine drivers made $43,000 on a yearly basis. I feel as though that it’s likely that I will continue to earn more over time, even if it is only by a small amount.
Some limousine drivers make as much as $63,000 per year, though it is usually in areas like New York City or Los Angeles. I am sure that if I lived in a bigger city I would probably make more, but I am very happy with where I am right now in terms of my salary, tips and bonuses. My hourly rate as a limo driver has definitely increased over time, and it is going to keep going up so long as I stay in this line of work.
I find that a lot of people who start driving a limousine for a living are a bit discouraged by how much money they make when first starting out, but I keep telling them that it will get better the longer they stay in the game. I made about 35% more than the average limo driver in the U.S., which I am quite happy about. This line of work can actually be quite lucrative, depending on how committed to it you are and where you are working.