Bus Operator Salary

Median pay for Bus Operators in the United States is around $18.70 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. The majority of Bus Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Bus Operators (57 percent) who responded to the survey. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$23,387 - $63,921
$23K
$43K
$64K
MEDIAN: $42,644
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50%
90%

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$12.87 - $30.67
$13
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $18.70
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$0$67K
Salary $23,387 - $63,921
Bonus $1,500
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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$27,291 - $67,513
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 57
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $12.87 - $30.67
Hourly Tips $0.33
Overtime $17.97 - $44.34
Annual Data $0$67K
Bonus $1,500
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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$27,291 - $67,513
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 348

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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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As Bus Operators transition into upper-level roles like Transit and Intercity Bus Driver, they may see a sharp decline in salary. Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers will usually earn $33K. Bus Operators most frequently advance into Bus Driver and School Bus Driver roles even though the median salaries are $12K lower and $13K lower, respectively.

Bus Operator Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Bus Operator


Dominating the field, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Transdev, MV Transportation, Inc., chicago transit authority, and First Transit, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Bus Operators. Bus Operators flock to Metropolitan Transportation Authority for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $53K lead the pack in compensation.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Operator

Pay by Experience for a Bus Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Bus Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 167 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Bus Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 118 salaries. An experienced Bus Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 131 salaries. A Bus Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 56 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,826

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

Surpassing the national average by 49 percent, Bus Operators in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Bus Operators will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+34 percent) and Philadelphia (+32 percent). Bus Operators in Buffalo earn salaries far below the national average by 29 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Houston and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (19 percent less and 14 percent less, respectively).

Bus Operator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Bus Operator?

Bus Operator in Elgin:
"Great."
Pros: All.
Cons: Scheduling is manipulated and controled by One Dispatch that favors some drivers.

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Key Stats for Bus Operator

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Bus Operator Salaries

▲18%

▲16%

▲7%

National Average
$42,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Bus Operator Salaries

Driving
▲20%



National Average
$42,000

CDL
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 14%
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