Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salary

Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers in the United States take home approximately $13.63 per hour on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.78 per hour to $21.22. Career duration and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although the larger part have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$23,682 - $64,083

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$9.78 - $21.22

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$23,682 - $64,083  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $491.94  
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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$20,736 - $51,439  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.78 - $21.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.08 - $2.23  
Overtime
$13.10 - $34.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $491.94  
   
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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$20,736 - $51,439  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 372
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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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Employees at First Transit, Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $29K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $21K and quickly nearing the top at only $36K.


Survey takers who work as 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $28K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $32K. Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers bring in $35K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Transit and Intercity Bus Driver with more than 20 years of experience can earn $38K on average.

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Experience Affects Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

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 2%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 31%
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