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Bus Operator Salary

Bus Operators in the United States take home approximately $17.30 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $11.58 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $28.25. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Job satisfaction for Bus Operators is high.

$29,361 - $79,463
(Median)
$29K
$46K
$79K
MEDIAN: $46,008
10%
50%
90%

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$11.58 - $28.25
(Median)
$12
$17
$28
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,361 - $79,463  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
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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$25,009 - $65,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.58 - $28.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.23 - $3.82  
Overtime
$11.32 - $39.51  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
   
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).
)
$25,009 - $65,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 277

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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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Although many Bus Operators transition into Transit and Intercity Bus Driver roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $33K.

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Bus Operators who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Safety Compliance can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 37 percent above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Operator

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


Bus Operators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $35K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $40K. Bus Operators bring in $42K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $51K.

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Experience Affects Bus Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Bus Operator Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 37%

National Average
$39,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

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
31%
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: 66% employee benefits None: 15%
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