Driving School Instructor: Salary and Career Information

Driving school instructors require little formal education. Learn about the training, job duties, salary and certification requirements to see if this is the right career for you.

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Essential Information

Driving instructors teach initial vehicle operation skills and defensive driving techniques to students of many ages and skill levels. Work is often on weekends and in the evening. Requirements vary, but instructors generally must meet state certification standards and, in some cases, maintain continuing education certification. A high school diploma or GED certificate is usually required, as is a background check.

Required Education High school diploma or GED certificate
Other Requirements State certification and background check may be required
Projected Job Growth (2012-2022) 8-14% (for self-enrichment teachers, including driving instructors)*
Median Salary $38,716 (2014)**

Sources: * O'Net OnLine, ** PayScale.com

Salary Information

Driving school instructors often earn their pay teaching seminars and private lessons for first-time drivers of all ages. They may also teach defensive driving to individuals who wish to get points taken off their license or lower car insurance premiums. According to PayScale.com, the median salary for driving instructors was $38,716 as of September 2014.

Public school teachers may teach driver's education as part of or in addition to their classroom teaching duties with the school district. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, high school teachers earned an average salary of $58,170 in May 2013.

Career Information

Driving school instructors must be at least 21 years old and become certified by their state. Most states require potential instructors to earn a license through a written and practical test and to pass a background check to verify no record of accidents or moving violations. These licenses may also require taking a training session over the course of hours or days. State-specific information on requirements for driving school instructors is often available through the state's department of motor vehicles.

Driving school instructors must have English-language communication skills. Understanding of a foreign language may be advisable for driving school instructors teaching in areas of the country where other languages are commonly spoken.

According to O'Net OnLine, employment of self-enrichment teachers, a category that includes driving instructors, was projected to rise 8-14% from 2012-2022. This is considered an average pace of increase when compared to all occupations in the nation.

Teaching License Endorsement

Individuals who hold a teaching license for K-12 or secondary school may apply for an endorsement to their teaching license allowing them to teach classroom or in-car driver's education courses offered through their employing school district. Mandatory training for these endorsements may be a few hours of classroom instruction or a yearlong program that includes behind-the-wheel training and examinations.

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