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Bus Operator Salary

Bus Operators in the United States take home approximately $17.34 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.47 per hour, and the top verges on $28.18. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is enjoyable for Bus Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$29,087 - $72,985
(Median)
$29K
$45K
$73K
MEDIAN: $45,384
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90%

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$11.47 - $28.18
(Median)
$11
$17
$28
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,087 - $72,985  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
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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$24,814 - $65,188  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.47 - $28.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.23 - $3.82  
Overtime
$11.66 - $39.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
   
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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$24,814 - $65,188  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 273

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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 only report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Safety Compliance and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent and 4 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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $41K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $35K. On average, Bus Operators make $41K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Bus Operator generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $50K.

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Experience Affects Bus Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Bus Operator Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 37%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

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