Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salary

Pay for Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $14.65 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the specific employer and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction for Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers is high. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers making up 51 percent of survey respondents. While some workers in this profession — about one in three — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,416 - $65,348
$20K
$41K
$65K
MEDIAN: $40,674
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$10.09 - $23.25
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MEDIAN: $14.65
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$20,416 - $65,348  
   
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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$21,295 - $54,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $23.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.34 - $3.52  
Overtime
$14.90 - $38.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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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$21,295 - $54,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 337
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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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Many Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers move into a Transportation Supervisor role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $49K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity


Transdev attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $45K.

With a reported median salary of only $26K, MV Transportation, Inc. easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are 75 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.


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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $29K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $35K. Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers see a median salary of $37K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $40K.

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Key Stats for Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

▲23%

▲14%

Mid-Career
▲7%

National Average
$32,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

CDL
▲40%



National Average
$32,000

Driver/Core Development
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
24%
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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