Bus Drivers are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as bus drivers in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since bus drivers are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where bus drivers have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for bus drivers.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s bus drivers:
So there you have it — Bus Drivers, Transit And Intercity is the best of the best when it comes to being a bus driver.
How did Bus Drivers, Transit And Intercity end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for bus drivers and for more on the top ten states.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best states for bus drivers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well bus drivers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2016:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for bus drivers in California is $43,810 and the average salary in Illinois is $51,190, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for bus drivers in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for bus drivers.
Total Jobs: 5,990
Average Annual Salary: $56,000
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,970
Average Experienced Salary: $74,930
Location Quotient: 1.62
Total Jobs: 8,290
Average Annual Salary: $51,190
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,280
Average Experienced Salary: $77,550
Location Quotient: 1.16
Total Jobs: 5,860
Average Annual Salary: $44,250
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,670
Average Experienced Salary: $62,430
Location Quotient: 0.91
Total Jobs: 20,880
Average Annual Salary: $54,520
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,160
Average Experienced Salary: $76,870
Location Quotient: 1.9
Total Jobs: 1,940
Average Annual Salary: $44,400
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,300
Average Experienced Salary: $59,020
Location Quotient: 0.57
Total Jobs: 4,880
Average Annual Salary: $38,970
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,510
Average Experienced Salary: $56,490
Location Quotient: 1.07
Total Jobs: 12,940
Average Annual Salary: $36,820
Average Entry Level Salary: $23,590
Average Experienced Salary: $49,680
Location Quotient: 0.91
Total Jobs: 1,580
Average Annual Salary: $35,540
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,490
Average Experienced Salary: $55,900
Location Quotient: 0.85
Total Jobs: 4,510
Average Annual Salary: $51,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,170
Average Experienced Salary: $76,710
Location Quotient: 1.08
Total Jobs: 910
Average Annual Salary: $39,620
Average Entry Level Salary: $23,140
Average Experienced Salary: $50,930
Location Quotient: 0.77
If you’re looking to start out your career as a bus driver these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
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