Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salary

Median pay for Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $13.70 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $9.77 per hour and $21.43. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the specific company. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 65 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$23,214 - $64,995
(Median)
$23K
$33K
$65K
MEDIAN: $33,432
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90%

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$9.77 - $21.43
(Median)
$9
$14
$21
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$23,214 - $64,995  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $247.47  
Profit Sharing
$286.00  
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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$20,718 - $50,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.77 - $21.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.33  
Overtime
$12.76 - $35.14  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $247.47  
   
Profit Sharing
$286.00  
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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$20,718 - $50,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 378
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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.

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 $48K per year.

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Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $22K to just $37K — but First Transit, Inc. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $30K.


Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers note just a narrow range 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Driver/Core Development. Many workers who know Customer Service also know Safety Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $28K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $32K. Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $36K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $41K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 2%

National Average
$30,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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