Bus Drivers in the United States can expect wages of $14.52 per hour on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. While some workers in this profession — just over two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, slightly more than half do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. Most Bus Drivers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Bus Drivers (55 percent) who responded to the survey. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$14,397 - $54,509
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$29K
$55K
MEDIAN: $29,200
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$10.27 - $20.84
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$14,397 - $54,509  
   
Bonus
$7.50 - $4,000  
Profit Sharing
$4,275  
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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$20,954 - $47,251  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 290
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.27 - $20.84  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.39 - $4.79  
Overtime
$12.87 - $34.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$7.50 - $4,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,275  
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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$20,954 - $47,251  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,689

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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

  • 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.
  • Maintain good relations with general public, announce stops, direct and control passengers.

Common Career Paths for Bus Driver


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Bus Drivers who go on to become Safety Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Safety Managers is $62K annually. Career advancement for the typical Bus Driver often leads to becoming a Transit and Intercity Bus Driver or a Bus Operator; median salaries in these positions are $2K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Bus Driver


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Bus Drivers include MV Transportation, Inc., First Transit, Inc., First Group, Transdev, and First Student, Inc. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Veolia Transportation Co. offers the most; Bus Drivers earn $36K on average there. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Transdev, STA International, and First Group, top-paying firms where Bus Drivers rake in a solid $36K, $35K, or $32K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Durham School Services at $25K, and First Transit, Inc. where $28K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Bus Drivers there earn up to $46K.

Popular Skills for Bus Driver


Survey takers working as Bus Drivers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with cdl b, Customer Relations, and Bus Driver are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 15 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Those listing Driving as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Transport and CDL also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Safety Compliance and CDL.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Driver

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


For Bus Drivers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $29K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $31K. Bus Drivers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $33K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $36K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,633

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For Bus Drivers, New York provides a pay rate that is 52 percent greater than the national average. Bus Drivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+28 percent), Las Vegas (+19 percent), Philadelphia (+15 percent), and Cincinnati (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Orlando, 12 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Los Angeles and Detroit (10 percent lower).

Bus Driver Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Bus Driver?

Bus Driver in Sumter:
"It takes a lot of responsibilities dealing with children."
Pros: Make sure that safety is number one for all of the students, including myself (the bus driver), & others that share the roads.
Cons: There's not enough discipline.

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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Key Stats for Bus Driver

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 170 votes.
038
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Bus Driver Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Bus Driver Salaries

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Customer Relations
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National Average
$31,000

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CDL
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Transport
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Driving
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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