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Bus Driver Salary

Bus Drivers in the United States can expect wages of $13.37 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $9.96 per hour and $20.01. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Men make up the majority of Bus Drivers (62 percent) survey respondents. While over a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and just over two-fifths have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$14,885 - $54,008
(Median)
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28K
40K
54K
MEDIAN: $28,086
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$9.96 - $20.01
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$14,885 - $54,008  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $850  
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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$20,437 - $44,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $20.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.34 - $5.37  
Overtime
$10.22 - $31.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $850  
   
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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$20,437 - $44,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 944
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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 on average earn $49K 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


First Student, Inc., Durham School Services, First Student Transportation, The Walt Disney Company, and MV Transportation, Inc. are top-notch employers for Bus Drivers in this area. Veolia Transportation Co. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $31K.


Survey takers who work as Bus Drivers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in CDL, Driver/Core Development, Customer Service, and Safety Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Safety Compliance. Customer Service and Driver/Core Development are also commonly seen together.

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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $27K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $28K on average. Bus Drivers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $31K. Bus Drivers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $32K.

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%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$29,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%


Skills That Affect Bus Driver Salaries

CDL
up arrow 5%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$29,000

Safety Compliance
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 38%