Bus Operator Salary

Average Bus Operators in the United States make around $17.51 per hour. Compensation ranges from $11.75 per hour on the lower end to $28.68 on the higher end. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Bus Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$29,361 - $79,463
(Median)
$29K
$48K
$79K
MEDIAN: $47,845
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90%

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$11.75 - $28.68
(Median)
$12
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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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$25,119 - $65,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.75 - $28.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.23 - $3.82  
Overtime
$11.41 - $39.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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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).
)
$25,119 - $65,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294
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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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Bus Operators who take on a higher-level position such as Transit and Intercity Bus Driver may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers on average bring home $33K.

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Typical Bus Operators report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Safety Compliance command much higher paychecks, 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $41K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $35K. Bus Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $51K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Bus Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

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 2%

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
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 15%
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