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Bus Driver Salary (United States)

Pay for Bus Drivers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $13.33 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.93 per hour and $20.14. While the specific employer and tenure impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Although a majority have medical coverage and just over two-fifths have dental coverage, nearly two in five claim no health benefits at all. Male Bus Drivers are more prevalent than women — 63 percent of professionals in this field are men. The majority of Bus Drivers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Bus Driver Salary (?
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$14,887 - $56,535
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MEDIAN: $29,696
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Bus Driver Salary (?
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$9.93 - $20.14
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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.

Common Career Paths for Bus Driver

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Bus Drivers who transition into an upper level Operations Supervisor role may receive a large increase in pay as the position often pays $48K per year. The most common promotion for Bus Drivers is Transit and Intercity Bus Driver, a position that typically pays $33K annually. Another standard transition for Bus Drivers seeking advancement is to assume a School Bus Driver role, where pay is often $28K.

Bus Driver Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Bus Driver

Many Bus Drivers can be found at Durham School Services, First Student Transportation, First Student, Inc., The Walt Disney Company, and Veolia Transportation Co., firms that are at the top of the field. Veolia Transportation Co. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $31K.
Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Durham School Services ($25K) and First Student, Inc. ($27K).

Bus Drivers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in CDL, Driver/Core Development, Customer Service, and Safety Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Safety Compliance. Employees educated in Customer Service are typically practiced in Driver/Core Development, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Driver

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Bus Drivers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $27K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $28K. For Bus Drivers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $32K. Bus Drivers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $33K. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, more than half land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just over a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining around a seventh.

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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Nashville
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New York
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Seattle
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Atlanta
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Chicago
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Las Vegas
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Dallas
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Los Angeles
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Phoenix
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Denver
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National Average
$29,000
Cincinnati
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Houston
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Indianapolis
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Orlando
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For Bus Drivers, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 71 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Nashville, New York, Seattle, and Atlanta, top-paying cities where Bus Drivers see paychecks higher than average (+47 percent, +29 percent, +25 percent, and +15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Employers in Indianapolis and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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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Experienced
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National Average
$29,000
Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Bus Driver Salaries

CDL
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Driver/Core Development
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Customer Service
0%
National Average
$29,000
Safety Compliance
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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%