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Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salary

The average Transit and Intercity Bus Driver in the United States earns approximately $13.32 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.77 per hour and $21.86. Career duration and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers who answered the questionnnaire. Just under a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$23,833 - $62,364
(Median)
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35K
49K
62K
MEDIAN: $35,325
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$9.77 - $21.86
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,833 - $62,364  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $986  
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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$20,748 - $52,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.77 - $21.86  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04 - $14.79  
Overtime
$13.79 - $34.74  
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 - $986  
   
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).
)
$20,748 - $52,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 412
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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 lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $29K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $21K and $43K.


Survey takers who work as Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers typically report just a few professional skills. Safety Compliance and Driver/Core Development are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


For many Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $27K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $32K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $34K in this role. As Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $40K.

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Experience Affects Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

National Average
$30,000

Safety Compliance
up arrow 1%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 29%