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Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salary

Average Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers in the United States make around $13.62 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $9.81 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $21.21. Experience level and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Male Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 69 percent of professionals. Work is enjoyable for Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,838 - $63,023
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$63K
MEDIAN: $35,080
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$9.81 - $21.21
(Median)
$9
$14
$21
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary 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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$23,838 - $63,023  
   
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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$20,880 - $51,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $21.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04 - $14.90  
Overtime
$13.92 - $34.51  
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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$20,880 - $51,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 388
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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.

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With a median salary of $29K, First Transit, Inc. provides Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $37K, limiting employee salary growth.


Typical Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers report a focused set of job 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. 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.


Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $28K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $32K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $34K in this role. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $38K.

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Experience Affects Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 2%

National Average
$31,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 31%
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