Bus Driver Salary

Average Bus Drivers in the United States make around $13.59 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $10.00 per hour and $20.05. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and tenure. Job satisfaction for Bus Drivers is high. Roughly two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and more than two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Bus Drivers (60 percent) survey respondents are male. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,885 - $51,190
(Median)
$15K
$28K
$51K
MEDIAN: $28,034
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$10.00 - $20.05
(Median)
$10
$14
$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
$14,885 - $51,190  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $805  
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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$20,556 - $45,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 207
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $20.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.41 - $5.50  
Overtime
$10.18 - $32.72  
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 - $805  
   
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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$20,556 - $45,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,218
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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 School Bus Drivers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $28K. Another common career choice for Bus Drivers is to move into a Transit and Intercity Bus Driver role — this promotion usually pays $33K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Bus Driver


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Bus Drivers include First Student, Inc., MV Transportation, Inc., First Student Transportation, Durham School Services, and First Transit, Inc. Bus Drivers flock to First Transit, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $38K lead the pack in compensation; however, First Transit, Inc. also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $27K at one end to $51K at the other end. Soaring salaries can also be found at Veolia Transportation Co., MV Transportation, Inc., and First Student Transportation, where earnings of $36K, $30K, or $29K are standard for Bus Drivers.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Durham School Services at $25K, First Student, Inc. at $27K, and First Student Transportation, where $29K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Bus Driver


Professional skills reported by Bus Drivers are few in number. Most notably, skills in Driver/Core Development, CDL, Safety Compliance, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $27K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $29K. Bus Drivers see a median salary of $31K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Bus Drivers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $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
up arrow 14%


National Average
$29,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Bus Driver Salaries

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 2%

CDL
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Safety Compliance
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$29,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 189 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%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 39%
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