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Average Bus Driver Hourly Pay

$15.98
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$511
Bonus
$2,725
Commission
$3,000
Profit Sharing
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The average hourly pay for a Bus Driver is $15.98.
10%
$11.81
MEDIAN
$15.98
90%
$22.99
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Hourly Rate
$12 - $23
Bonus
$101 - $4,122
Profit Sharing
$5 - $19,392
Commission
$0 - $2,725
Total Pay
$24,194 - $50,688
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What Do Bus Drivers Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Bus Driver

3.7 out of 5
(402)
Highly Satisfied
57Reviews
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 First Group where the average pay is $16.36. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include First Student Transportation and Student Transportation of America, earning around $15.85 and $15.82, respectively. The Walt Disney Company pays the lowest at around $13.12. MV Transportation, Inc. and First Transit, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $14.07 and $14.54, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Bus Drivers?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Bus Drivers?

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 $14.79 based on 138 salaries. An early career Bus Driver with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.31 based on 987 salaries. A mid-career Bus Driver with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.87 based on 598 salaries. An experienced Bus Driver with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.17 based on 696 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $18.
Employees with Bus Driver in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 25.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Buffalo, New York (7.9% more) and Los Angeles, California (5.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Orlando, Florida (17.1% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,830 survey responses.
Entry Level
4.9%
Early Career
34.9%
Mid Career
21.1%
Experienced
24.6%
Late Career
14.5%