Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salary

The average Transit and Intercity Bus Driver in the United States earns approximately $13.51 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.77 per hour on the low end to $21.43 on the high end. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by a majority. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,896 - $62,364
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$62K
MEDIAN: $35,080
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$9.77 - $21.43
(Median)
$9
$14
$21
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,896 - $62,364  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $503  
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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$20,775 - $52,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.77 - $21.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04 - $14.90  
Overtime
$13.68 - $34.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $503  
   
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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$20,775 - $52,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 388

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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 $42K.


Survey results show that 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. 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.


Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $28K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $31K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers make a median salary of $35K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $40K, 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 31%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 1%

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 79 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 31%