Bus Driver Salary

Bus Drivers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $13.62 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $10.02 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $20.00. While the specific employer and tenure impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Around two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and just over two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Bus Drivers (61 percent) survey respondents are male. Most Bus Drivers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$16,496 - $51,942

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$10.02 - $20.00

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$16,496 - $51,942  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $960  
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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$20,707 - $44,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 206
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.02 - $20.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.41 - $5.50  
Overtime
$10.32 - $32.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $960  
   
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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$20,707 - $44,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,284
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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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As Bus Drivers transition into upper-level roles such as Operations Supervisor, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Operations Supervisors earn $49K on average per year. Becoming a Transit and Intercity Bus Driver is, more often than not, the most common role that Bus Drivers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $33K. Another frequent advance is for Bus Drivers to assume a School Bus Driver role; in this role, workers often earn $28K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Bus Driver


MV Transportation, Inc., First Student, Inc., First Student Transportation, Durham School Services, and First Transit, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Bus Drivers. Veolia Transportation Co. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $36K. First Transit, Inc., MV Transportation, Inc., and First Student Transportation also offer top salaries for Bus Drivers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $36K, $30K, and $29K, respectively.

Also approaching the lower end are Durham School Services at $25K, First Student, Inc. at $27K, and First Student Transportation at $29K.

Popular Skills for Bus Driver


Survey results suggest that Bus Drivers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Driver/Core Development, CDL, Safety Compliance, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cdl License. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know 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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $27K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $29K. Bus Drivers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $32K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $33K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 2%

CDL
0%

National Average
$29,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 1%

Cdl License
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 187 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 39%
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