Bus Driver Salary (United States)

Bus Drivers in the United States typically take home $13.33 per hour. Compensation generally starts at $9.93 per hour and does not exceed $20.14. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, 39 percent are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by about half. Job satisfaction for Bus Drivers is high. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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  
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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  
PayScale
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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For Bus Drivers, career advancement has a positively large impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Operations Supervisor will earn $19,275 more than someone not as far along in their career. With an annual $3,887 increase in salary, a Transit Bus Driver is the most common role for Bus Drivers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a School Bus Driver role—which actually slashes pay by $1,526—is also typical for Bus Drivers, though less common by comparison.

Bus Driver Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Bus Driver

Durham School Services, First Student Transportation, First Student, Inc., The Walt Disney Company, and Veolia Transportation Co. are top-notch employers for Bus Drivers in this area. The most lucrative gig in town can be found at Veolia Transportation Co., where the average salary is $30,932.
The Walt Disney Company offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $24,471. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Durham School Services ($24,925) and First Student, Inc. ($27,091).

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Driver

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Salaries increase to $28K from around $27K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $33K. Salary increase slows as Bus Drivers pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $33K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 23 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

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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Bus Drivers will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 71 percent. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Nashville, New York, Seattle, and Atlanta, where Bus Drivers typically earn around 47 percent, 29 percent, 25 percent, and 15 percent more than usual. Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Workers in Indianapolis and Houston earn less than others in this profession; their -16 percent and -8 percent-salaries fall short of the national 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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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%
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