$44,015
Avg. Salary
$19.19
Avg. Hourly Rate
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The average pay for a Bus Operator is $19.19 per hour.

The average pay for a Bus Operator is $44,015 per year.

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$13.49
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$19.19
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$29.85
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MEDIAN $19.19
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$24k
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$65k
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MEDIAN $44,015
$24,342 - $64,930
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$0$67K
Salary $24,342 - $64,930
Bonus $17.88 - $5,034
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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$28,205 - $67,155
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 111
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $13.49 - $29.85
Hourly Tips $0.33
Overtime $18.10 - $43.60
Annual Data $0$67K
Bonus $17.88 - $5,034
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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$28,205 - $67,155
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 640

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
  • 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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Bus Operator


Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Transdev, MV Transportation, Inc., chicago transit authority, and First Transit, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Bus Operators. Metropolitan Transportation Authority offers the largest salaries in town — $53K on average.

Common Career Paths for Bus Operator


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Bus Operators may see a hefty downturn in earnings if they take top-notch roles like Transit and Intercity Bus Driver. The average pay for a Transit and Intercity Bus Driver is $33K. Bus Operators most often move into positions as Bus Drivers or School Bus Drivers. Bus Drivers actually earn $12K less on average, however, and School Bus Drivers earn $13K less per year than Bus Operators do.

Bus Operator Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Bus Operator

Pay by Experience for a Bus Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Bus Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 167 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Bus Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 118 salaries. An experienced Bus Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 131 salaries. A Bus Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 56 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

48%

33%

National Average: $42,268

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Bus Operators, 50 percent higher than the national average. Bus Operators will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+35 percent) and Philadelphia (+32 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Bus Operator's salary, with Buffalo Bus Operators earning salaries that are 29 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston (19 percent lower) and Denver (14 percent lower).

Bus Operator Reviews

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

Bus Operator in Yonkers:
"Exciting and interesting."
Pros: Learning about oral care. Being trusted to manage their Dental Mobile Unit.
Cons: A lot of work and responsibilities for the amount being paid.

Bus Operator in Derby:
"Disappointed."
Pros: People
Cons: Angry people

Bus Operator in Elgin:
"Great."
Pros: All.
Cons: Scheduling is manipulated and controled by One Dispatch that favors some drivers.

Bus Operator in Washington:
"Mistakes Are Not Acceptable."
Do your best each day. Follow all rules and operate according to Standard Operating Procedures.

Bus Operator in Los Angeles:
"Be Aware Of How Difficult It Can Be Dealing With The Public."
Start everyday well rested with a positive attitude. The public will suck the life out of you if you let them. Answer every question as if its the first time you've heard it. Your day becomes a bit redundant after a while and you begin to realize no one listens, reads or pays attention at all.

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Key Stats for Bus Operator

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 109 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%

Experience Affects Bus Operator Salaries

▲17%

▲15%

▲6%

National Average
$42,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Bus Operator Salaries

Driving
▲19%



National Average
$42,000

CDL
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 16%