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Bus Operator Salary

The average Bus Operator in the United States earns approximately $17.37 per hour. Pay generally varies between $11.53 per hour and $28.33. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Bus Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Bus Operators who answered the questionnnaire. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$28,973 - $73,533
(Median)
$29K
$44K
$74K
MEDIAN: $43,824
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50%
90%

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$11.53 - $28.33
(Median)
$12
$17
$28
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$28,973 - $73,533  
   
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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$24,883 - $64,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.53 - $28.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.23 - $3.82  
Overtime
$11.19 - $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).
)
$24,883 - $64,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 270

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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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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.


For Bus Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $35K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $40K. Bus Operators bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $49K.

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Experience Affects Bus Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

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 61 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

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: 65% employee benefits None: 15%