Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salary

Median pay for Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $13.66 per hour. Compensation ranges between $9.77 per hour and $21.22. Career length and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 69 percent of Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers are male. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,715 - $61,674
(Median)
$24K
$34K
$62K
MEDIAN: $34,300
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$9.77 - $21.22
(Median)
$9
$14
$21
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,715 - $61,674  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $501  
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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$20,765 - $51,905  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.77 - $21.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.14 - $3.01  
Overtime
$13.52 - $34.67  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $501  
   
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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$20,765 - $51,905  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 377
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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┬ápassengers over specified routes according to specified time schedules.
  • Read time schedules, street signs, traffic signs, head signs, bus passes and instructions.

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First Transit, Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $29K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $36K.


Survey results show that Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers typically report just a few professional 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Driver/Core Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $28K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $32K. Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $35K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $38K.

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Experience Affects Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

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 2%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 31%
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