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Bus Operator Salary

Earnings for Bus Operators in the United States come in at around $17.28 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.35 per hour, and the top verges on $27.81. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Bus Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.
$29,441 - $71,015
(Median)
29K
43K
61K
71K
MEDIAN: $43,199
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$11.35 - $27.81
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,441 - $71,015  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,010  
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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$24,731 - $64,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.35 - $27.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.23 - $3.82  
Overtime
$8.08 - $39.80  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,010  
   
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).
)
$24,731 - $64,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 252
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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

  • 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┬ápassengers over specified routes according to specified time schedules.
  • Read time schedules, street signs, traffic signs, head signs, bus passes and instructions.

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Bus Operators report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Safety Compliance and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Bus Operators make a median salary of $41K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $44K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Bus Operator Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Bus Operator in Los Angeles:
"Be Aware Of How Difficult It Can Be Dealing With The Public."
Start everyday well rested with a positive attitude. The public will suck the life out of you if you let them. Answer every question as if its the first time you've heard it. Your day becomes a bit redundant after a while and you begin to realize no one listens, reads or pays attention at all.

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Experience Affects Bus Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Bus Operator Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 38%

Customer Service
up arrow 5%

National Average
$39,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 15%