Bus Operator Salary (United States)

A Bus Operator earns an average wage of $17.35 per hour. A skill in Safety Compliance is associated with high pay for this job.
Bus Operator Salary (?
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$22,300 - $66,977
(Median)
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33K
44K
61K
67K
MEDIAN: $44,433
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Bus Operator Salary (?
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$11.46 - $27.95
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28
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$22,300 - $66,977  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
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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$24,757 - $64,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.46 - $27.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.23 - $3.82  
Overtime
$8.15 - $39.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
   
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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$24,757 - $64,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 242
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Job Description for Bus Operator

  • 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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Pay by Experience Level for Bus Operator

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

Pay Difference By Location

New York
up arrow 58%
Chicago
up arrow 24%
Philadelphia
up arrow 22%
Los Angeles
up arrow 7%
National Average
$39,000
Atlanta
up arrow 2%
Washington
up arrow 3%
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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 19%
Experienced
up arrow 4%
Mid-Career
up arrow 4%
National Average
$39,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Bus Operator Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 37%
Customer Service
up arrow 4%
National Average
$39,000

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
30%
female alumni
 
Male
70%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 15%