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Bus Driver Salary

The average Bus Driver in the United States earns approximately $13.46 per hour. Pay generally varies between $10.00 per hour and $20.05. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by the company and years of experience. Men make up the majority of Bus Drivers (61 percent) survey respondents. The majority of Bus Drivers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — around two in five lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and more than two-fifths receive dental plans. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$14,771 - $51,211
(Median)
$15K
$29K
$51K
MEDIAN: $28,538
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$10.00 - $20.05
(Median)
$10
$13
$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
$14,771 - $51,211  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $805  
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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$20,535 - $44,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 195
National Hourly Rate 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$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $20.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.41 - $5.50  
Overtime
$9.99 - $32.21  
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 - $805  
   
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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$20,535 - $44,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,120

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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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At the upper end, Bus Drivers who move into an Operations Supervisor role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Operations Supervisors is a much higher $49K per year. As Bus Drivers progress in their field, many go on to become Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $33K per year. Another common career choice for Bus Drivers is to move into a School Bus Driver role. Typically, School Bus Drivers get paid $28K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Bus Driver


Bus Drivers flock to First Student, Inc., First Student Transportation, Durham School Services, MV Transportation, Inc., and The Walt Disney Company, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Veolia Transportation Co. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $36K.


Survey takers who work as Bus Drivers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in CDL, Driver/Core Development, Customer Service, and Safety Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Competency in Customer Service frequently indicates knowledge of Driver/Core Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Driver

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Bus Drivers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $27K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $29K. Bus Drivers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $31K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $33K.

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

CDL
up arrow 5%

Driver/Core Development
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National Average
$29,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 185 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 39%
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