These Are The 10 States With The Highest Bus Driver Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 3 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do bus drivers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for bus drivers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for bus drivers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for bus drivers after this adjustment? That would be Bus Drivers, School Or Special Client.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. North Dakota
  2. Nebraska
  3. Wyoming
  4. Iowa
  5. Kentucky
  6. Michigan
  7. Utah
  8. Nevada
  9. Washington
  10. Illinois

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for bus drivers from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $35250, so our index value would be:

$35,250 * (100 / 135.9) = $25,938

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for bus drivers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Bus Driver Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 North Dakota $42,042 $41,790 99.4
2 Nebraska $38,275 $35,060 91.6
3 Wyoming $36,764 $33,750 91.8
4 Iowa $36,670 $33,370 91.0
5 Kentucky $36,574 $33,100 90.5
6 Michigan $36,516 $32,500 89.0
7 Utah $36,483 $33,930 93.0
8 Nevada $35,992 $37,180 103.3
9 Washington $35,836 $37,700 105.2
10 Illinois $35,782 $33,850 94.6
11 Ohio $34,552 $32,410 93.8
12 Wisconsin $33,450 $32,380 96.8
13 Minnesota $32,956 $33,220 100.8
14 Colorado $32,533 $33,770 103.8
15 Delaware $31,696 $32,140 101.4
16 Kansas $31,345 $28,180 89.9
17 Missouri $31,084 $28,100 90.4
18 Montana $30,962 $31,210 100.8
19 Georgia $30,842 $28,190 91.4
20 Maine $30,803 $34,130 110.8
21 Texas $30,639 $27,790 90.7
22 Indiana $30,502 $27,300 89.5
23 Rhode Island $30,405 $36,700 120.7
24 Alaska $30,129 $39,500 131.1
25 Arizona $29,275 $28,690 98.0
26 New York $29,007 $38,000 131.0
27 Maryland $28,972 $36,360 125.5
28 New Jersey $28,949 $35,290 121.9
29 South Dakota $28,900 $29,970 103.7
30 Tennessee $28,847 $25,790 89.4
31 Idaho $28,707 $26,440 92.1
32 Florida $28,413 $27,930 98.3
33 Pennsylvania $28,067 $28,460 101.4
34 Vermont $28,018 $33,930 121.1
35 Oregon $27,906 $32,260 115.6
36 North Carolina $27,806 $26,110 93.9
37 Connecticut $27,533 $35,160 127.7
38 West Virginia $26,852 $25,080 93.4
39 California $25,938 $35,250 135.9
40 New Hampshire $25,717 $30,090 117.0
41 Massachusetts $25,284 $33,730 133.4
42 Mississippi $25,098 $21,560 85.9
43 Oklahoma $24,786 $22,110 89.2
44 South Carolina $24,193 $24,000 99.2
45 New Mexico $24,113 $23,270 96.5
46 Arkansas $23,008 $20,040 87.1
47 Hawaii $22,584 $37,920 167.9
48 Louisiana $21,476 $20,360 94.8
49 Alabama $20,855 $19,020 91.2

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