Bus Driver Salary

Bus Drivers in the United States take home an average $14.81 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the company and experience level. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Bus Drivers making up 54 percent of survey respondents. Although roughly two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, slightly more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and more than two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,071 - $55,383
$14K
$29K
$55K
MEDIAN: $29,347
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$10.63 - $21.19
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MEDIAN: $14.81
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$0$55K
Salary $14,071 - $55,383
Bonus $7.64 - $3,945
Profit Sharing $4,275
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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$21,109 - $47,892
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 297
Hourly Data $0$32
Hourly Rate $10.63 - $21.19
Hourly Tips $0.41 - $7.27
Overtime $12.99 - $32.57
Annual Data $0$47K
Bonus $7.64 - $3,945
Profit Sharing $4,275
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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$21,109 - $47,892
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,710

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Bus Driver


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As Bus Drivers transition into upper-level roles such as Safety Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Safety Managers earn $62K on average per year. A common career progression for a Bus Driver is to become a Transit and Intercity Bus Driver or a Bus Operator. Compared to Bus Drivers, the first group earns $2K more on average, and the second group earns $11K more.

Bus Driver Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Bus Driver


MV Transportation, Inc., First Transit, Inc., Transdev, First Group, and First Student, Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Bus Drivers. For Bus Drivers, comfortable salaries can be found at Veolia Transportation Co.; in fact, median earnings sit around $36K, the highest in the area. Bus Drivers can also look forward to large paychecks at Transdev ($36K), STA International ($35K), and First Group ($33K).

Other low-paying employers include Durham School Services at $25K and First Transit, Inc. at $29K, though some Bus Drivers there earn up to $46K.

Popular Skills for Bus Driver


Survey results imply that Bus Drivers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with cdl b, Customer Relations, and Bus Driver are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Those listing Driving as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Transport and CDL also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in Safety Compliance and CDL.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Driver

Pay by Experience for a Bus Driver has a positive trend. An entry-level Bus Driver with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 1,015 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Bus Driver with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 574 salaries. An experienced Bus Driver which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 513 salaries. A Bus Driver with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 214 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,297

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Bus Drivers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Bus Drivers will also find cushy salaries in Las Vegas (+18 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), San Antonio (+15 percent), and Philadelphia (+13 percent). In Detroit, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Los Angeles (14 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Bus Driver Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Bus Driver?

Bus Driver in Milford:
Pros: Providing a means for people to involve in social activities.
Cons: Critical attitudes and questionable behavior at times.

Bus Driver in Palmdale:
"Bus."
Pros: That I get a check every 2weeks.
Cons: Not enough pay for the job that I do.

Bus Driver in Sumter:
"It takes a lot of responsibilities dealing with children."
Pros: Make sure that safety is number one for all of the students, including myself (the bus driver), & others that share the roads.
Cons: There's not enough discipline.

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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Key Stats for Bus Driver

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 194 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Bus Driver Salaries

▲15%

▲6%

▼0%

National Average
$31,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Bus Driver Salaries

cdl b
▲21%

Customer Relations
▲12%

Bus Driver
▲11%

Commercial Drivers License
▲8%

Customer Service Metrics
▲6%

Driver
▲4%



Cdl License
▲1%


National Average
$31,000

School Bus Driver
▼4%

CDL
▼7%

Transport
▼19%

Driving
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 194 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 41%
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