For Bus Drivers, hourly average wages total $14.46 per hour. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and tenure are driving factors as well. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Bus Drivers making up 55 percent of survey respondents. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and just over two-fifths have dental, too. The majority of Bus Drivers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,706 - $54,011
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$29K
$54K
MEDIAN: $29,215
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$10.25 - $20.70
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$14,706 - $54,011  
   
Bonus
$99.33 - $4,932  
Profit Sharing
$5,250  
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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$20,962 - $46,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 289
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.25 - $20.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.40 - $5.42  
Overtime
$12.01 - $34.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$99.33 - $4,932  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,250  
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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$20,962 - $46,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,642

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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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Bus Drivers who go on to become Safety Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Safety Managers is $62K annually. Typical career progression for a Bus Driver involves becoming a Transit and Intercity Bus Driver or a Bus Operator, roles that pay $2K more and $11K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Bus Driver


MV Transportation, Inc., First Transit, Inc., First Group, Transdev, and Durham School Services are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Bus Drivers. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Veolia Transportation Co. offers the most; Bus Drivers earn $36K on average there. STA International, Transdev, and First Group also offer top salaries for Bus Drivers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $35K, $33K, and $32K, respectively.

Durham School Services, First Student Transportation and First Transit, Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $25K, $28K, and $29K.

Popular Skills for Bus Driver


Bus Drivers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in cdl b, Bus Driver, Customer Relations, and Driver are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 percent and 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Driving and CDL. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Safety Compliance and CDL.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Driver

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


For Bus Drivers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $29K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $31K. Bus Drivers bring in $33K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Bus Driver with more than 20 years of experience can earn $35K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,517

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New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Bus Drivers, 53 percent above the national average. Bus Drivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+28 percent), Las Vegas (+24 percent), Cincinnati (+11 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). Tampa is the lowest-paying area, 20 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cleveland and Orlando (15 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

Bus Driver Reviews

What is it like working as a Bus Driver?

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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Experience Affects Bus Driver Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Bus Driver Salaries

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Bus Driver
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Customer Relations
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National Average
$31,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 168 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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