Bus Driver Salary

An average Bus Driver in the United States can expect to take home roughly $13.63 per hour. Pay ranges from $10.01 per hour on the low end to $19.99 on the high end. While the specific employer and tenure impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Bus Drivers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about two in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by just over two-fifths. The majority of Bus Drivers (61 percent) survey respondents are male. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,818 - $51,122
(Median)
$15K
$28K
$51K
MEDIAN: $27,925
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$10.01 - $19.99
(Median)
$10
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$14,818 - $51,122  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $873  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $2,500  
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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$20,559 - $45,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 210
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $19.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.41 - $5.50  
Overtime
$10.24 - $32.61  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $873  
   
Profit Sharing
$600 - $2,500  
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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$20,559 - $45,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,240
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Job Description for Bus Driver

Bus drivers operate buses, transporting passengers from one place to another. There are many different types of bus drivers, from public transit to school buses; depending on their job, a driver's duties may vary.

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Bus Driver Tasks

  • Read time schedules, street signs, traffic signs, head signs, bus passes and instructions.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Bus Driver


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Bus Drivers may progress into high-paying roles like Operations Supervisor, where median compensation is $49K annually. Given that the median pay is $28K, it may be surprising to find that a School Bus Driver is the most common role for Bus Drivers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Transit and Intercity Bus Driver role — which pays $33K — is also typical for Bus Drivers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Bus Driver


Known for taking on a considerable number of Bus Drivers, First Student, Inc., MV Transportation, Inc., First Student Transportation, Durham School Services, and First Transit, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. First Transit, Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $38K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $27K to a high of $51K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Veolia Transportation Co., MV Transportation, Inc., and First Student Transportation, where Bus Drivers typically earn around $36K, $30K, or $29K, respectively.

Durham School Services, First Student, Inc. and First Student Transportation are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $25K, $27K, and $29K.

Popular Skills for Bus Driver


Bus Drivers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Driver/Core Development, CDL, Customer Service, and Safety Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know CDL.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Driver

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Bus Drivers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $27K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $29K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Bus Drivers make a median salary of $32K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Bus Driver with more than 20 years of experience can earn $33K on average.

Bus Driver Reviews

What is it like working as a Bus Driver?

Bus Driver in Franklin:
"Never Routine."
Pros: I liken us to the German U boat commanders roaming the Atlantic during WWII. We are free to choose our own routes and no one actually knows exactly where we are at any given time. We often have opportunity and are permitted to conduct personal business. (e.g. Walmart, groceries, etc.) Our riders are diverse so meeting people is a perk for myself. Many of our travels are in rural areas within the county so encountering nature is always a plus.
Cons: Actually, there isn't much to complain about other than I feel we are not fairly compensated for the degree of responsibility placed on us. We transport a great number of elderly many of which are barely ambulatory or in wheelchairs.

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Experience Affects Bus Driver Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$29,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Bus Driver Salaries

Driver/Core Development
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CDL
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Customer Service
0%

National Average
$29,000

Safety Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 190 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 39%
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