A Bus Driver earns an average wage of $14.46 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are cdl b, Bus Driver, and Customer Relations.
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$14,706 - $54,011
(Median)
$15K
$29K
$54K
MEDIAN: $29,215
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90%

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$10.25 - $20.70
(Median)
$10
$14
$21
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

  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Bus Driver

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,517

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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

cdl b
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Bus Driver
up arrow 16%

Customer Relations
up arrow 15%

Driver
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Cdl License
up arrow 4%

Commercial Drivers License
up arrow 3%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 2%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
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National Average
$31,000

School Bus Driver
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Transport
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CDL
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Driving
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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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