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Bus Driver Salary

Average Bus Drivers in the United States make around $13.46 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.98 per hour and $19.98. While the company and tenure impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Bus Drivers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 62 percent. Although the larger part have medical coverage and more than two-fifths have dental coverage, around two in five claim no health benefits at all. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$14,847 - $51,969
(Median)
$15K
$28K
$52K
MEDIAN: $27,819
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$9.98 - $19.98
(Median)
$10
$13
$20
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary 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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$14,847 - $51,969  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $803  
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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$20,506 - $44,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 185
National Hourly Rate 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$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.98 - $19.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.41 - $5.50  
Overtime
$9.83 - $31.84  
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 - $803  
   
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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$20,506 - $44,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,070

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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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Bus Drivers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Operations Supervisor. The latter position pays an average of $49K annually. As Bus Drivers progress in their field, many go on to become Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $33K per year. Another common career choice for Bus Drivers is to move into a School Bus Driver role. Typically, School Bus Drivers get paid $28K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Bus Driver


First Student, Inc., First Student Transportation, Durham School Services, MV Transportation, Inc., and The Walt Disney Company are among the top companies that take on many Bus Drivers. Those at Veolia Transportation Co. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $36K.


Bus Drivers report a narrow range of 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. Driver/Core Development is a skill commonly found among those who know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Driver

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


Bus Drivers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $27K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $29K. Bus Drivers see a median salary of $31K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $33K.

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

CDL
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Driver/Core Development
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National Average
$29,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 185 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 39%