Median pay for Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers in the United States is around $14.61 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers (52 percent) who responded to the survey. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,366 - $64,833
(Median)
$20K
$39K
$65K
MEDIAN: $38,763
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90%

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$10.05 - $23.38
(Median)
$10
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$20,366 - $64,833  
   
Bonus
$200.00  
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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$21,223 - $53,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.05 - $23.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.03  
Overtime
$14.49 - $35.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$200.00  
   
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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$21,223 - $53,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 303
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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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Transdev attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $45K.

The smallest paychecks can be found at MV Transportation, Inc. — the median salary there is $31K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $19K and $51K.

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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $29K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $33K. On average, Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers make $37K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $42K.

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Experience Affects Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

CDL
up arrow 42%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 3%

National Average
$32,000

Customer Service
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Driver/Core Development
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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