Bus Operator Salary

Pay for Bus Operators in the United States sits in the ballpark of $18.52 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Bus Operators (55 percent) who responded to the survey. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,179 - $64,586
$24K
$43K
$65K
MEDIAN: $43,363
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50%
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$13.00 - $30.25
$13
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $18.51
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$0$67K
Salary $24,179 - $64,586
Bonus $1,750
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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$27,531 - $67,562
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 57
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $13.00 - $30.25
Hourly Tips $1.42
Overtime $18.24 - $44.98
Annual Data $0$67K
Bonus $1,750
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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$27,531 - $67,562
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 347

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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.
  • 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.
  • Operate the bus skillfully and safely, answer questions regarding service, routes and fares.

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

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.

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

National Average: $41,729

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

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Key Stats for Bus Operator

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Bus Operator Salaries

▲18%

▲16%

▲7%

National Average
$42,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Bus Operator Salaries

Driving
▲20%



National Average
$42,000

CDL
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 15%
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