Average Entry-Level Bus Driver Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Entry-Level Bus Driver is $14.43.
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Hourly Rate
$10 - $20
$98 - $5,152
Total Pay
$21,570 - $41,706

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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.

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Popular Skills for Bus Driver

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

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Driver

An early career Bus Driver with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $14.75 based on 1,228 salaries. A mid-career Bus Driver with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.34 based on 737 salaries. An experienced Bus Driver with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.47 based on 809 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $18.

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