Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salary

An average Transit and Intercity Bus Driver in the United States can expect to take home roughly $14.67 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but the specific employer and experience level are influential factors as well. Some workers in this field — nearly one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by over one-half. Male Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. Job satisfaction for Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,521 - $64,359
$21K
$40K
$64K
MEDIAN: $39,774
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$10.07 - $22.97
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MEDIAN: $14.67
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$20,521 - $64,359  
   
Bonus
$0.14 - $1,381  
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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$21,256 - $52,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $22.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.34 - $3.55  
Overtime
$14.82 - $35.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.14 - $1,381  
   
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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$21,256 - $52,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 335

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity


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Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Transportation Supervisor, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $48K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity


Those at Transdev can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $45K.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at MV Transportation, Inc., where the median salary is a mere $26K, 72 percent less than the top paying company.

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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $29K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $34K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $37K in this role. Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $40K on average.

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Key Stats for Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

Late-Career
▲24%

Experienced
▲16%

Mid-Career
▲6%

National Average
$32,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

CDL
▲40%

Customer Service
▲16%


National Average
$32,000

Driver/Core Development
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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