Bus Operator Salary

An average Bus Operator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $17.53 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $11.80 per hour to $28.48. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Bus Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Bus Operators survey respondents are men (70 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,700 - $77,566

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$11.80 - $28.48

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$23,700 - $77,566  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,021  
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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$25,122 - $65,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $28.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.33 - $3.75  
Overtime
$11.57 - $39.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,021  
   
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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$25,122 - $65,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 301
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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 move into Transit and Intercity Bus Driver roles. Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers seem to make a little less than Bus Operators as their salaries average out to $33K a year.

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Job skills reported by Bus Operators are limited. Fortunate workers who know Safety Compliance can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 32 percent above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Operator

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


For Bus Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $36K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $41K on average. Bus Operators bring in $43K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Bus Operators with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $53K.

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Experience Affects Bus Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Bus Operator Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 32%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 15%
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