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Bus Driver Salary (United States)

The average rate for a Bus Driver is $13.33 per hour.
Bus Driver Salary (?
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$14,887 - $56,535
(Median)
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41K
57K
MEDIAN: $29,696
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Bus Driver Salary (?
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$9.93 - $20.14
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$14,887 - $56,535  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $989  
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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$20,513 - $45,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.93 - $20.14  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.33 - $5.41  
Overtime
$10.62 - $31.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $989  
   
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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$20,513 - $45,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 822
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Bus Driver

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

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
up arrow 71%
Nashville
up arrow 47%
New York
up arrow 29%
Seattle
up arrow 25%
Atlanta
up arrow 15%
Chicago
up arrow 12%
Las Vegas
up arrow 6%
Dallas
up arrow 6%
Los Angeles
up arrow 2%
Phoenix
up arrow 2%
Denver
0%
National Average
$29,000
Cincinnati
up arrow 5%
Houston
up arrow 8%
Indianapolis
up arrow 16%
Orlando
up arrow 19%
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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
up arrow 13%
Experienced
up arrow 8%
National Average
$29,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Skills That Affect Bus Driver Salaries

CDL
up arrow 6%
Driver/Core Development
up arrow 4%
Customer Service
0%
National Average
$29,000
Safety Compliance
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 156 votes.

Gender

Female
37%
female alumni
 
Male
63%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 39%