Bus Operators in the United States take home approximately $17.87 per hour on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Bus Operators who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 61 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,000 - $65,850
(Median)
$20K
$43K
$66K
MEDIAN: $43,402
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90%

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$12.30 - $29.04
(Median)
$12
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$20,000 - $65,850  
   
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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$26,079 - $67,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.30 - $29.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.33  
Overtime
$17.70 - $42.84  
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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$26,079 - $67,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 333
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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.

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Bus Operators' salaries may sharply decline when they move into higher-end positions like Transit and Intercity Bus Driver. The typical income for a Transit and Intercity Bus Driver is $33K.

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Bus Operators fill the offices of leading firms MV Transportation, Inc., Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Transdev, First Group, and First Transit, Inc. Those at Metropolitan Transportation Authority can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $53K.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Operator

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


Bus Operators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $36K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $43K. For Bus Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $47K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,161

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Bus Operators, 51 percent higher than the national average. Bus Operators will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+41 percent) and Philadelphia (+30 percent). Bus Operators' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Bus Operators in Buffalo bring in salaries that are 28 percent lower than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Los Angeles and Denver (16 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Bus Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Bus Operator Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Safety Compliance
up arrow 2%


CDL
up arrow 7%

Driving
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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