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Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salary

Median pay for Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers in the United States is around $13.58 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.78 per hour, and the top verges on $21.39. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers report high levels of job satisfaction. 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 the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,838 - $63,023
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$63K
MEDIAN: $35,080
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$9.78 - $21.39
(Median)
$9
$14
$21
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$23,838 - $63,023  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $504  
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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$20,811 - $51,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.78 - $21.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04 - $14.90  
Overtime
$13.92 - $34.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $504  
   
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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$20,811 - $51,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 383

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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


For Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers, below-average salaries can be found at First Transit, Inc.; in fact, average earnings are around $29K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($21K versus $42K) is great.


Typical 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. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $28K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $32K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $35K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $38K on average.

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Experience Affects Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 1%

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 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
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 31%
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