Bus Driver Salary

The average Bus Driver in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $13.96 per hour. Pay ranges from $10.06 per hour on the low end to $20.24 on the high end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the company and tenure. Most Bus Drivers report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — nearly two in five — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. Male Bus Drivers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 60 percent of professionals. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$15,777 - $52,366
(Median)
$16K
$29K
$52K
MEDIAN: $29,238
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$10.06 - $20.24
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$15,777 - $52,366  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $980  
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
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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$20,781 - $45,824  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 270
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.06 - $20.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.48 - $5.80  
Overtime
$10.49 - $32.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $980  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
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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$20,781 - $45,824  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,669
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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. It is quite typical for Bus Drivers to transition into roles as Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers or Bus Operators, where reported median earnings are $3K and $12K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Bus Driver


Bus Drivers flock to MV Transportation, Inc., First Student, Inc., First Student Transportation, First Transit, Inc., and The Walt Disney Company, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Bus Drivers flock to Veolia Transportation Co. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $36K lead the pack in compensation. First Transit, Inc., MV Transportation, Inc., and First Group also offer top salaries for Bus Drivers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $34K, $32K, and $31K, respectively.

Offering only $25K on average, Durham School Services seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $19K on the lower end and $39K on the higher end. Other low-paying employers include First Student, Inc. at $28K and The Walt Disney Company at $29K, though some Bus Drivers there earn up to $46K.

Popular Skills for Bus Driver


Bus Drivers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Bus Driver, Commercial Drivers License, Driver/Core Development, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Driving as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Cdl License and CDL also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Safety Compliance and CDL.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Driver

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $28K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $30K. Bus Drivers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $32K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $33K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,811

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For Bus Drivers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Bus Drivers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+25 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), Las Vegas (+8 percent), and Atlanta (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Indianapolis (11 percent lower) and San Diego (5 percent lower).

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 12%


National Average
$30,000



Skills That Affect Bus Driver Salaries

Bus Driver
up arrow 10%

Commercial Drivers License
up arrow 6%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$30,000

Safety Compliance
up arrow 3%

CDL
up arrow 4%

Cdl License
up arrow 16%

Driving
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 224 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

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%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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