Bus Operator Salary

The average Bus Operator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $17.63 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $12.00 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $29.04. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 63 percent of Bus Operators are male. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Bus Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,861 - $67,766
(Median)
$29K
$45K
$68K
MEDIAN: $45,131
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$12.00 - $29.04
(Median)
$12
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$28,861 - $67,766  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
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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$25,684 - $66,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $29.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$13.01 - $40.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
   
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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$25,684 - $66,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 383
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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 passengers over specified routes according to specified time schedules.
  • Read time schedules, street signs, traffic signs, head signs, bus passes and instructions.

Common Career Paths for Bus Operator


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Many Bus Operators transition into upper-level roles like Transit and Intercity Bus Driver. However, Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers do report a slightly lower median income of $33K per year. Many Bus Operators choose to become Bus Drivers and School Bus Drivers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $11K less and $12K less, respectively.

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Bus Operators report a narrow range of specific skills. Safety Compliance and CDL are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 12 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Operator

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


Bus Operators generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $36K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $42K. For Bus Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $53K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,396

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

For Bus Operators, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 55 percent above the national average. Bus Operators will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+29 percent) and Philadelphia (+26 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 7 percent below the national average. Workers in Phoenix and Washington earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 5 percent.

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Experience Affects Bus Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Bus Operator Salaries


CDL
up arrow 6%

National Average
$40,000

Customer Service
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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