Earnings for Entry-Level School Bus Drivers come in at around $14.31 per hour on average. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Entry-Level School Bus Drivers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Entry-Level School Bus Drivers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over a half lack coverage. On the flip side, more than two-fifths have medical insurance and about a third receive dental plans. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$11,754 - $36,482
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$36K
MEDIAN: $18,179
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$10.59 - $18.01
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$11,754 - $36,482  
   
Bonus
$10.00 - $1,200  
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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$19,381 - $37,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.59 - $18.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$10.43 - $25.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$10.00 - $1,200  
   
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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$19,381 - $37,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 729
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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Entry-Level School Bus Drivers include First Student, Inc., Student Transportation of America, Durham School Services, First Student Transportation, and First Group. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, First Group offers the most; Entry-Level School Bus Drivers earn $32K on average there.

While select First Student, Inc. employees may bring in up to $34K, a median salary of only $29K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.

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Bus Driver, School in Salt Lake City:
"Go above and beyond your school bus duties."
Driving children takes child development strategies and safety is key , this career is a extremely responsible job, you need to have a CDL, you have to be healthy and responsive too anything that can go wrong. You have to be personable with you coworkers and have excellent social skills with the children, parents, school staff, and mechanics, this job also requires you to know time management for you daily routes, how to put together your route, also the knowledge and patience with special needs children, a positive attitude as well and how to take care of your school bus to be up to code and regulations.

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Skills That Affect Bus Driver, School Salaries

CDL
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National Average
$29,000

Transport
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
medical benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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