Bus Operator Salary

Bus Operators in the United States can expect to earn an average of $17.63 per hour. Pay generally varies between $12.00 per hour and $29.04. Geographic 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. Men account for the majority of Bus Operators who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. The majority of Bus Operators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,861 - $67,766
(Median)
$29K
$45K
$68K
MEDIAN: $45,131
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$12.00 - $29.04
(Median)
$12
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$28,861 - $67,766  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
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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$25,684 - $66,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $29.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$13.01 - $40.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
   
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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$25,684 - $66,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 383
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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. Many Bus Operators choose to become Bus Drivers and School Bus Drivers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $11K less and $12K less, respectively.

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Typical Bus Operators report a focused set of job skills. Safety Compliance and CDL are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 12 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Operator

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


For many Bus Operators, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $36K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $42K. For Bus Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $53K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,396

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 55 percent, Bus Operators in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Bus Operators will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+29 percent) and Philadelphia (+26 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix and Washington (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Bus Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Bus Operator Salaries


CDL
up arrow 6%

National Average
$40,000

Customer Service
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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