Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for bus drivers in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 175,855 bus drivers currently employed in the United States.
  • 48.9% of all bus drivers are women, while 51.1% are men.
  • The average age of an employed bus driver is 57 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of bus drivers is White (67.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (15.3%), Black or African American (9.1%) and Unknown (4.7%).
  • Bus drivers are most in-demand in El Cajon, CA.
  • Nashua, NH pays an annual average wage of $41,569, the highest in the US.
  • In 2021, women earned 98% of what men earned.
  • Wyoming is the best state for bus drivers to live.
  • Bus drivers are 53% more likely to work at education companies in comparison to private companies.

Bus Driver Statistics By Gender

48.9% of bus drivers are women and 51.1% of bus drivers are men.

  • Male, 51.1%
  • Female, 48.9%

Bus Drivers By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male51.1%
Female48.9%

Gender Pay Gap For Bus Driver

Women Earn 98¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$37,393
female-income
Female Income
$36,666

Bus Driver Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the bus driver position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Bus Driver Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201049.82%50.18%
201150.34%49.66%
201249.18%50.82%
201351.56%48.44%
201450.45%49.55%
201552.45%47.55%
201653.00%47.00%
201752.43%47.57%
201851.05%48.95%
201949.96%50.04%
202050.53%49.47%
202151.06%48.94%

Bus Driver Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, diesel truck driver and tank wagon driver have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Bus Matron11%89%
Bus Escort18%82%
Bus Monitor19%81%
Bus Driver51%49%
Wrecker Operator99%1%
Tank Wagon Driver99%1%
Diesel Truck Driver100%0%

Bus Driver Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among bus drivers is White, which makes up 67.1% of all bus drivers. Comparatively, there are 15.3% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 9.1% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 67.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 15.3%
  • Black or African American, 9.1%
  • Unknown, 4.7%
  • Asian, 2.7%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.1%

Bus Driver Race

Bus Driver RacePercentages
White67.1%
Hispanic or Latino15.3%
Black or African American9.1%
Unknown4.7%
Asian2.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native1.1%

Bus Driver Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among bus drivers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Bus Driver Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201065.18%17.06%1.87%13.28%
201163.71%17.16%2.55%13.59%
201264.53%16.29%2.45%13.65%
201363.70%16.63%2.39%14.28%
201464.56%16.46%2.14%14.03%
201564.25%16.25%2.59%14.12%
201661.91%16.89%2.96%14.96%
201763.55%15.66%2.56%14.98%
201866.51%11.12%3.37%15.82%
201969.80%9.67%3.25%14.42%
202067.72%8.86%2.77%15.12%
202167.05%9.13%2.72%15.30%

Bus Driver Wage Gap By Race

Asian bus drivers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White bus drivers have the lowest average salary at $37,108.
$39,000
$38,000
$37,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$37,128
White$37,108
Black or African American$37,254
Asian$37,910
Hispanic or Latino$37,572

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Average Age of a Bus Driver

We determined the average age of bus drivers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Bus Driver Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American5855
Unknown5955.5
Asian5456
Hispanic or Latino5753
White6457
American Indian and Alaska Native58

Bus Driver Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of bus driver employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of bus drivers is 40+ years old, which represents 95% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Bus Driver Age

Bus Driver YearsPercentages
40+ years95%
30-40 years5%
20-30 years0%

Types of Bus Driver Degree Levels

The most common degree for bus drivers is high school diploma 36% of bus drivers earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 22% and rounding it off is bachelor's degree with 19%.

  • High School Diploma, 36%
  • Associate, 22%
  • Bachelors, 19%
  • Diploma, 12%
  • Other Degrees, 11%

Bus Drivers By Education

Bus Driver DegreePercentages
High School Diploma36%
Associate22%
Bachelors19%
Diploma12%
Other Degrees11%

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Bus Driver Wage Gap By Education

Bus drivers with a High School Diploma degree earn more than those without, at $37,632 annually. With a Associate degree, bus drivers earn a median annual income of $37,471 compared to $37,094 for bus drivers with an Bachelors degree.
$39,000
$38,000
$37,000
High School Diploma or Less
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$37,632
Bachelor's Degree$37,094
Some College/ Associate Degree$37,471

Bus Driver Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where bus drivers work. We found most bus drivers work for a education company. In addition, the industry that employs the most bus drivers is the education industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire bus drivers.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Bus Driver Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees11%
50 - 100 employees20%
100 - 500 employees24%
500 - 1,000 employees9%
1,000 - 10,000 employees25%
> 10,000 employees10%

The Types Of Companies Bus Driver Work In

Employees with the bus driver job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most bus drivers prefer to work at education companies over private companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Bus Driver Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education53%
Public3%
Private35%
Government8%

Top Industries Hiring Bus Drivers

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ bus drivers. Those industries include education, transportation and government.

Education

Transportation

Government

Hospitality

Non Profits

Bus Driver Turnover And Employment Statistics

Bus Driver Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of bus drivers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Bus Driver Unemployment Rate By Year

YearBus Driver Unemployment Rate
20105.89%
20115.65%
20125.76%
20134.98%
20144.12%
20153.73%
20163.25%
20173.45%
20184.03%
20192.92%
20206.97%
20216.83%

The Average Number of Years That Bus Driver Stay in a Job

By looking over 45,768 bus drivers resumes, we figured out that the average bus driver enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 27%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Bus Driver Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year19%
1-2 years27%
3-4 years14%
5-7 years19%
8-10 years7%
11+ years14%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Bus Drivers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to bus drivers.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Power Sweeper Operator1.73%27,848
Commercial Driver3.95%1,016,123
Cab Driver6.17%318,105
Jitney Driver8.69%34,141
Bus Driver8.77%-

Bus Driver LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Power Sweeper Operator1.73%27,848
Commercial Driver3.95%1,016,123
Cab Driver6.17%318,105
Jitney Driver8.69%34,141

Foreign Languages Spoken By Bus Drivers

The most common foreign language among bus drivers is Spanish at 71.5%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 6.9% and Arabic is the third-most popular at 3.0%.

  • Spanish, 71.5%
  • French, 6.9%
  • Arabic, 3.0%
  • Japanese, 2.6%
  • Portuguese, 2.2%
  • Other, 13.8%

Bus Driver Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish71.5%
French6.9%
Arabic3.0%
Japanese2.6%
Portuguese2.2%
Other13.8%

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Where Do Bus Drivers Earn The Most?

Bus drivers earn the most in Massachusetts, where the average bus driver salary is $43,160. The map here shows where bus drivers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Bus Drivers?

By looking through more than 45,768 resumes, we found that the most popular places for bus drivers are Houston, TX and New York, NY.

Number of Bus Drivers

Number Of Bus Driver Jobs By State

Where Are Bus Drivers In High Demand?

Bus drivers are in high demand in El Cajon, CA. There are currently 27 job openings for bus drivers here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country bus drivers are in the most demand.

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Bus Driver Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Bus Drivers Are Female?

49.7% of bus drivers are female in the United States. This is 1.1 percentage points higher than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female bus drivers has decreased by -0.1 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 103,918 female bus drivers in the U.S. and 105,173 male bus drivers in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 209,091 people with the specific job title of bus driver and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Bus Driver Are There In The Us?

There are over 175,855 Bus Drivers in the United States.

What Percentage Of Bus Drivers Are Black?

9.1% of Bus Drivers are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Bus Drivers?

Most a are White, with 67.1% of Bus Drivers belonging to this ethnicity. 15.3% of Bus Drivers are Hispanic or Latino, 9.1% of Bus Drivers are Black or African American, 4.7% of Bus Drivers are Unknown, 2.7% of Bus Drivers are Asian, and 1.1% of Bus Drivers are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Bus Driver Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Bus Driver jobs are male - dominated. 51% of Bus Drivers are male, and 48% are female, so there are more male Bus Drivers than female Bus Drivers in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Bus Driver?

The average Bus Driver is 58 years old. 95% of Bus Drivers are 40+ years old or older, 5% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 0% are between 20-30 years old

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