Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salary

Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers in the United States take home an average $13.70 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $9.77 per hour and $21.43. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though tenure and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction for Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers is high. Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 65 percent. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$23,214 - $64,995
(Median)
$23K
$33K
$65K
MEDIAN: $33,432
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90%

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$9.77 - $21.43
(Median)
$9
$14
$21
MEDIAN: $13.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$23,214 - $64,995  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $247.47  
Profit Sharing
$286.00  
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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$20,718 - $50,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.77 - $21.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.33  
Overtime
$12.76 - $35.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $247.47  
   
Profit Sharing
$286.00  
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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$20,718 - $50,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 378
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Job Description for Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity

In order to qualify for a job as a transit and intercity bus driver, applicants must pass a special driving test to demonstrate that they possess the necessary skills to safely operate a transit bus, which is typically significantly larger and longer than other vehicles. In addition to being capable of driving a multi-passenger bus, drivers also must be calm, even-tempered, alert, and able to juggle multiple mental tasks at the same time without becoming flustered or emotionally agitated; this ensures that drivers will be able to operate the bus, handle the entering and exiting of many passengers, and cope with the demands of traffic and infrastructure issues.

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Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Tasks

  • Maintain good relations with general public, announce stops, direct and control passengers.
  • Operate the bus skillfully and safely, answer questions regarding service, routes and fares.
  • Drive the bus and various passengers over specified routes according to specified time schedules.
  • Read time schedules, street signs, traffic signs, head signs, bus passes and instructions.

Common Career Paths for Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity


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Advancing into a Transportation Supervisor role seems to be a popular career move for Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $48K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity


First Transit, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $30K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $37K and scope of pay is rather limited.


Survey takers who work as Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Safety Compliance, Customer Service, and Driver/Core Development can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Driver/Core Development. Those with knowledge of Customer Service tend to be skilled in Safety Compliance as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $28K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $32K. Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Transit and Intercity Bus Driver generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $41K.

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Experience Affects Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 2%

National Average
$30,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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