Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salary

Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $13.66 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.77 per hour and $21.22. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The majority of Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers (69 percent) survey respondents are male. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,715 - $61,674
(Median)
$24K
$34K
$62K
MEDIAN: $34,300
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$9.77 - $21.22
(Median)
$9
$14
$21
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,715 - $61,674  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $501  
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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$20,765 - $51,905  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.77 - $21.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.14 - $3.01  
Overtime
$13.58 - $35.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $501  
   
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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$20,765 - $51,905  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 377
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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity


First Transit, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $29K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $21K to $36K.


Survey takers who work as Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers typically report just a few professional 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 pay less than market rate include Driver/Core Development. Experience with Customer Service is often linked with knowledge of 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.


For many Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $28K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $32K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $35K in this role. 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 $38K.

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Experience Affects Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

Safety Compliance
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National Average
$31,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
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: 49% employee benefits None: 31%
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