The 10 States With The Highest Bus Driver Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 month 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, Transit And Intercity.

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

  1. Illinois
  2. Washington
  3. Wisconsin
  4. New York
  5. Ohio
  6. Nebraska
  7. Alaska
  8. Arizona
  9. Texas
  10. Virginia

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

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for bus drivers from the 2018 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 $49560, so our index value would be:

$49,560 * (100 / 135.9) = $36,467

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.

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Detailed List Of Bus Driver Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Illinois $60,338 $57,080 94.6
2 Washington $55,979 $58,890 105.2
3 Wisconsin $47,530 $46,010 96.8
4 New York $45,969 $60,220 131.0
5 Ohio $43,710 $41,000 93.8
6 Nebraska $43,624 $39,960 91.6
7 Alaska $43,196 $56,630 131.1
8 Arizona $43,142 $42,280 98.0
9 Texas $42,998 $39,000 90.7
10 Virginia $42,648 $42,990 100.8
11 Indiana $41,932 $37,530 89.5
12 Massachusetts $41,754 $55,700 133.4
13 Oregon $41,539 $48,020 115.6
14 Tennessee $41,521 $37,120 89.4
15 Missouri $41,073 $37,130 90.4
16 Delaware $40,463 $41,030 101.4
17 Minnesota $40,238 $40,560 100.8
18 New Jersey $40,164 $48,960 121.9
19 Michigan $40,157 $35,740 89.0
20 Wyoming $39,389 $36,160 91.8
21 Utah $38,967 $36,240 93.0
22 Iowa $37,780 $34,380 91.0
23 Kentucky $37,469 $33,910 90.5
24 Louisiana $37,246 $35,310 94.8
25 Colorado $37,157 $38,570 103.8
26 North Dakota $37,062 $36,840 99.4
27 West Virginia $37,055 $34,610 93.4
28 Connecticut $37,016 $47,270 127.7
29 Montana $36,964 $37,260 100.8
30 California $36,467 $49,560 135.9
31 Mississippi $36,169 $31,070 85.9
32 Pennsylvania $36,045 $36,550 101.4
33 Nevada $35,943 $37,130 103.3
34 Arkansas $35,407 $30,840 87.1
35 Maine $35,207 $39,010 110.8
36 Kansas $34,849 $31,330 89.9
37 Maryland $34,709 $43,560 125.5
38 Florida $33,896 $33,320 98.3
39 Idaho $33,539 $30,890 92.1
40 Alabama $33,453 $30,510 91.2
41 North Carolina $33,301 $31,270 93.9
42 New Hampshire $33,299 $38,960 117.0
43 South Dakota $33,008 $34,230 103.7
44 South Carolina $33,004 $32,740 99.2
45 Oklahoma $31,726 $28,300 89.2
46 Georgia $31,487 $28,780 91.4
47 Rhode Island $31,275 $37,750 120.7
48 New Mexico $30,808 $29,730 96.5
49 Hawaii $26,235 $44,050 167.9
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