Earnings for Bus Operators in the United States come in at around $18.16 per hour on average. While the specific employer and tenure impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Men make up a slight majority of Bus Operators (57 percent) who responded to the survey. For the most part, Bus Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage.

$22,500 - $65,496
$22K
$43K
$65K
MEDIAN: $43,358
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50%
90%

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$12.52 - $29.53
$13
$18
$30
MEDIAN: $18.16
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$22,500 - $65,496  
   
Bonus
$950  
Total Pay (?
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$26,831 - $67,337  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.52 - $29.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.33  
Overtime
$17.49 - $42.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$950  
   
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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$26,831 - $67,337  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 352

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Job Description for Bus Operator

A bus operator is the person who drives and operates buses and shuttles, typically for local area transit and transportation services and companies. Bus operators typically work regular routes but must be familiar with the areas they drive and the regular stops along them. Additionally, bus operators must be well-trained in safe driving, as well as general safety and care for the passengers they pick up and drop off.

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Bus Operator Tasks

  • 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.
  • Operate the bus skillfully and safely, answer questions regarding service, routes and fares.

Common Career Paths for Bus Operator


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Bus Operators who take a Transit and Intercity Bus Driver role, an upper-level role, may see a decrease in pay. Pay for Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers is usually $33K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Bus Operator


Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Transdev, MV Transportation, Inc., First Transit, Inc., and First Group are top-notch employers for Bus Operators in this area. Metropolitan Transportation Authority offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $50K.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Operator

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


Bus Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $36K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $44K. Bus Operators see a median salary of $48K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $51K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,621

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Bus Operators will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 52 percent. Bus Operators will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+35 percent) and Philadelphia (+31 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Bus Operator's salary, with Buffalo Bus Operators earning salaries that are 28 percent less than the national average. Employers in Los Angeles and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent less).

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Key Stats for Bus Operator

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
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Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Bus Operator Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Bus Operator Salaries

Safety Compliance
0%

National Average
$42,000


CDL
up arrow 8%

Driving
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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