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.

$20,608 - $64,489
$21K
$43K
$64K
MEDIAN: $42,913
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$12.67 - $29.86
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$18
$30
MEDIAN: $18.28
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$20,608 - $64,489  
   
Bonus
$950  
Total Pay (?
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$27,161 - $67,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.67 - $29.86  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.33  
Overtime
$17.85 - $43.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$950  
   
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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$27,161 - $67,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 348

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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

  • 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


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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.

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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

National Average: $41,506

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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Key Stats for Bus Operator

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Bus Operator Salaries

▲19%

▲17%

▲8%

National Average
$42,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Bus Operator Salaries

Driving
▲21%



National Average
$42,000

CDL
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 17%