$28,407
Avg. Salary
$15.09
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$512

Bonus

$560

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Bus Driver is $15.09 per hour.

The average pay for a Bus Driver is $28,407 per year.

$10.87
10%
$15.09
50%
$21.72
90%
MEDIAN $15.09
$13k
10%
$28k
50%
$55k
90%
MEDIAN $28,407
$12,633 - $55,212
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$28K
$55K
MEDIAN: $28,407
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$10.87 - $21.72
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$0$55K
Salary $12,633 - $55,212
Bonus $101 - $2,500
Profit Sharing $560
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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$21,276 - $48,979
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 8 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 518
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $10.87 - $21.72
Hourly Tips $0.46 - $5.05
Overtime $14.09 - $34.40
Annual Data $0$48K
Bonus $101 - $2,500
Profit Sharing $560
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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$21,276 - $48,979
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 8 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,008

Job Description for Bus Driver

Bus drivers operate buses, transporting passengers from one place to another. There are many different types of bus drivers, from public transit to school buses; depending on their job, a driver's duties may vary.

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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.

Bus Driver Pay By Employer

$0$52K

$28,897

$33,118

First Group
23 profiles
$32,001

$31,427

$27,079

Transdev
17 profiles
$30,098

$28,463

$30,399

$42,416

$36,400

Common Career Paths for Bus Driver


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Bus Drivers who transition into a Safety Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $62K per year. A common career progression for a Bus Driver is to become a Transit and Intercity Bus Driver or a Bus Operator. Compared to Bus Drivers, the first group earns $2K more on average, and the second group earns $11K more.

Bus Driver Job Listings

Popular Skills for Bus Driver


Bus Drivers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with cdl b, Customer Relations, and Bus Driver are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Those listing Driving as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Transport and CDL also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Customer Service also know Safety Compliance and CDL.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Driver

Pay by Experience for a Bus Driver has a positive trend. An entry-level Bus Driver with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 1,015 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Bus Driver with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 574 salaries. An experienced Bus Driver which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 513 salaries. A Bus Driver with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 214 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,718

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

Surpassing the national average by 41 percent, Bus Drivers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Bus Drivers will also find cushy salaries in Las Vegas (+18 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), San Antonio (+15 percent), and Philadelphia (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Detroit, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Workers in Orlando and Los Angeles earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

Bus Driver Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Bus Driver?

Bus Driver in Palmdale:
"Bus."
Pros: That I get a check every 2weeks.
Cons: Not enough pay for the job that I do.

Bus Driver in Sumter:
"It takes a lot of responsibilities dealing with children."
Pros: Make sure that safety is number one for all of the students, including myself (the bus driver), & others that share the roads.
Cons: There's not enough discipline.

Bus Driver in San Angelo:
"Love working with children."
Be nice to the students and don't yell at them greet them with a nice manner when they are get the bus.

Bus Driver in Memphis:
"Didn't know business would only last 5 yrs."
Research company for how long had company been in business.

Bus Driver in Newbrunswick:
"Perks and valuable skills associated with this job."
Don't do it.

Bus Driver in Holly Springs:
You have to have patience with students of all ages.

Bus Driver in Franklin:
"Never Routine."
Pros: I liken us to the German U boat commanders roaming the Atlantic during WWII. We are free to choose our own routes and no one actually knows exactly where we are at any given time. We often have opportunity and are permitted to conduct personal business. (e.g. Walmart, groceries, etc.) Our riders are diverse so meeting people is a perk for myself. Many of our travels are in rural areas within the county so encountering nature is always a plus.
Cons: Actually, there isn't much to complain about other than I feel we are not fairly compensated for the degree of responsibility placed on us. We transport a great number of elderly many of which are barely ambulatory or in wheelchairs.

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Key Stats for Bus Driver

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 390 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Experience Affects Bus Driver Salaries

▲13%

▲4%

National Average
$32,000

▼1%

▼7%

Skills That Affect Bus Driver Salaries

cdl b
▲19%

Customer Relations
▲11%

Bus Driver
▲9%

Commercial Drivers License
▲7%

Customer Service Metrics
▲4%

Driver
▲3%


Cdl License
▼0%

National Average
$32,000



School Bus Driver
▼5%

CDL
▼8%

Transport
▼20%

Driving
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 390 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 41%