Average Bus Driver Hourly Pay

$15.28
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$514
Bonus
$2,725
Commission
$3,052
Profit Sharing
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The average hourly pay for a Bus Driver is $15.28.
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$11.09
10%
$15.28
50%
$21.99
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90%
MEDIAN $15.28
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United States (change)
Hourly Rate
$11 - $22
Bonus
$101 - $4,826
Profit Sharing
$5 - $19,392
Commission
$0 - $2,725
Total Pay
$22,739 - $49,523

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Job Description for Bus Driver

Bus Driver Tasks
  • Drive the bus and various passengers over specified routes according to specified time schedules.
  • Operate the bus skillfully and safely, answer questions regarding service, routes, and fares.
  • 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.
The top respondents for the job title Bus Driver are from the companies MV Transportation, Inc., Student Transportation of America and First Student, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Student Transportation of America where the average pay is $15.61. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include First Group and First Student, Inc., earning around $15.24 and $15.11, respectively. The Walt Disney Company pays the lowest at around $12.94. MV Transportation, Inc. and Transdev also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $13.87 and $13.96, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Bus Driver. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Bus Driver
Bus Driver, School
Bus Driver, Transit and Intercity
Bus Operator
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Bus Driver

Skills in Safety Compliance, Transport and Customer Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service and Driver/Core Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Driver

An entry-level Bus Driver with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $14.19 based on 175 salaries. An early career Bus Driver with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.50 based on 1,261 salaries. A mid-career Bus Driver with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.31 based on 751 salaries. An experienced Bus Driver with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.37 based on 821 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $17.
Employees with Bus Driver in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 16.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (6.4% more) and Houston, Texas (5.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Orlando, Florida (14.3% less) and Las Vegas, Nevada (1.4% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 3,443 survey responses.
Entry Level
5.1%
Early Career
36.6%
Mid Career
21.8%
Experienced
23.8%
Late Career
12.6%