Bus Operator Salary
Earnings for Bus Operators in the United States come in at around $18.28 per hour on average. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Men make up a slight majority of Bus Operators (55 percent) who responded to the survey. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Bus Operators. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$20,608 - $64,489|
|Total Pay (||$27,161 - $67,228|
|Hourly Rate||$12.67 - $29.86|
|Overtime||$17.85 - $43.08|
|Total Pay (||$27,161 - $67,228|
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.Read More...
Most bus operators work for transit companies either licensed to or operated by local governments and jurisdictions. The operator typically will undergo training, not only to learn to safely drive the specific vehicles he or she will be assigned to, but also to recognize any problems with the operation of the bus itself. The bus driver will be expected to report any problems immediately, as equipment breakdowns can create huge scheduling problems for shuttles and regular service lines.
To work as a bus operator, a person must typically possess a variety of specialized drivers licenses that can be earned either through training programs offered by transit companies or separate, dedicated commercial driving schools. Bus operators also undergo on-the-job training and will usually be expected to work long shifts behind the wheel. Bus operators typically work shifts that cover weekends, holidays, and nights.
Bus Operator Tasks
- 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.
- 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.
Common Career Paths for Bus Operator
Bus Operators who move into a Transit and Intercity Bus Driver role may often bring in a much lower salary. On average, Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers earn $33K. Bus Operators most frequently advance into Bus Driver and School Bus Driver roles even though the median salaries are $11K lower and $13K lower, respectively.
Popular Employer Salaries for Bus Operator
Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Transdev, MV Transportation, Inc., chicago transit authority, and First Transit, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Bus Operators. Metropolitan Transportation Authority attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $53K.
Pay by Experience Level for Bus Operator
Pay by Experience for a Bus Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Bus Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 167 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Bus Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 118 salaries. An experienced Bus Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 131 salaries. A Bus Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 56 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Bus Operators, 50 percent higher than the national average. Bus Operators will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+35 percent) and Philadelphia (+33 percent). Bus Operators in Buffalo take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 28 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Houston (18 percent less) and Denver (14 percent less).
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