Entry-Level Bus Driver, School Salary

An average Entry-Level School Bus Driver can expect to take home roughly $14.50 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. For the most part, Entry-Level School Bus Drivers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Slightly more than half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, nearly two in five report medical coverage and close to one-third claim dental coverage as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$11,754 - $36,234
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$18K
$36K
MEDIAN: $18,233
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$10.69 - $18.27
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MEDIAN: $14.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$11,754 - $36,234  
   
Bonus
$10.00 - $1,100  
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,889 - $38,349  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 115
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.69 - $18.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$9.57 - $26.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$10.00 - $1,100  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,889 - $38,349  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 696
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First Student, Inc., Durham School Services, First Group, Student Transportation of America, and First Student Transportation are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level School Bus Drivers. Those at First Group can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $33K.

Although First Student, Inc. hands out the lowest average salary in town at $29K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $19K or as much as $35K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,722

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Entry-Level School Bus Drivers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Entry-Level School Bus Drivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+14 percent), Las Vegas (+7 percent), Buffalo (+6 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Jacksonville is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix (13 percent lower) and Kansas City (9 percent lower).

Bus Driver, School Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Bus Driver, School in Salt Lake City:
`"$Go above and beyond your school bus duties."`
Driving children takes child development strategies and safety is key , this career is a extremely responsible job, you need to have a CDL, you have to be healthy and responsive too anything that can go wrong. You have to be personable with you coworkers and have excellent social skills with the children, parents, school staff, and mechanics, this job also requires you to know time management for you daily routes, how to put together your route, also the knowledge and patience with special needs children, a positive attitude as well and how to take care of your school bus to be up to code and regulations.

Key Stats for Bus Driver, School

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
13%
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Skills That Affect Bus Driver, School Salaries

CDL
▲5%

Safety Compliance
▼0%

National Average
$30,000

▼1%

Driver/Core Development
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 55%
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