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How Much Does a Bus Driver Earn In The United States?

Bus Driver Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$33,000
$26,000
$33,000
$40,000
Bus drivers in the United States make an average salary of $33,192 per year or $15.96 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $26,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $40,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Washington, Maine, Connecticut, California, and Vermont provide the highest bus driver salaries.
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Where Bus Drivers Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where bus drivers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Bus Drivers Earn In Different Cities?

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a bus driver is roughly $33,192 per year, which boils down to $15.96 per hour. Interestingly enough, bus drivers have the highest salaries in Oakland, CA at about $39,989 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Oakland, CA is $32,000. Additionally, bus drivers make more than the average salary in Albany, NY, Fargo, ND, Neptune, NJ, Grand Junction, CO, and Nashua, NH. On a more broad level, bus driver salaries are highest in Washington, Maine, Connecticut, California, Vermont, North Dakota, and New York. On the contrary, Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana offer the lowest bus driver salaries.
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1. Oakland, CA
$39,989
Avg. Salary
$18k
$45k
2. Albany, NY
$39,289
Avg. Salary
$18k
$45k
3. Fargo, ND
$38,760
Avg. Salary
$18k
$45k
4. Neptune, NJ
$37,273
Avg. Salary
$18k
$45k
5. Grand Junction, CO
$35,711
Avg. Salary
$18k
$45k
6. Nashua, NH
$35,475
Avg. Salary
$18k
$45k

High Paying Bus Driver Jobs

Which Companies Pay Bus Drivers The Most?

To earn a high income as a bus driver, working for A/Z or Tornado Bus Company might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Pasco County Sheriff's Office and Eagle County report highly competitive wages for bus drivers.
Company
Avg. Salary
$35k
$44k
Avg. Salary
$35k
$44k
Avg. Salary
$35k
$44k
Avg. Salary
$35k
$44k

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Bus Driver Salary History

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    How Experience Affects Bus Driver Salaries

    The salary for a bus driver can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Recently Added Bus Driver Salaries

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    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Bus Driver
    Bus Driver
    Downe, NJ
    Downe, NJ
    03/31/2021
    03/31/2021
    $36,523
    $36,523
    03/31/2021
    Bus Driver
    Bus Driver
    Noank, CT
    Noank, CT
    03/31/2021
    03/31/2021
    $36,523
    $36,523
    03/31/2021
    Bus Driver
    Bus Driver
    Laurel, MT
    Laurel, MT
    03/31/2021
    03/31/2021
    $32,557
    $32,557
    03/31/2021
    Votran
    Votran
    Bus Drivers, Cleaners & Maintenance Technicians
    Bus Drivers, Cleaners & Maintenance Technicians
    Bus Drivers, Cleaners & Maintenance Technicians
    Daytona Beach, FL
    Daytona Beach, FL
    03/31/2021
    03/31/2021
    $24,814
    $24,814
    03/31/2021
    Huntley Community School Dist. 158
    Huntley Community School Dist. 158
    Bus Drivers and Bus Aides
    Bus Drivers and Bus Aides
    Bus Drivers and Bus Aides
    Huntley, IL
    Huntley, IL
    03/31/2021
    03/31/2021
    $36,147
    $36,147
    03/31/2021
    Bus Driver
    Bus Driver
    Binghamton, NY
    Binghamton, NY
    03/31/2021
    03/31/2021
    $36,001
    $36,001
    03/31/2021
    Bus Driver
    Bus Driver
    Boston, MA
    Boston, MA
    03/31/2021
    03/31/2021
    $41,740
    $41,740
    03/31/2021
    Bus Driver
    Bus Driver
    Vermont
    Vermont
    03/31/2021
    03/31/2021
    $40,738
    $40,738
    03/31/2021
    Bus Driver/Utility
    Bus Driver/Utility
    California City, CA
    California City, CA
    03/31/2021
    03/31/2021
    $39,768
    $39,768
    03/31/2021
    CVOC
    CVOC
    Bus Driver/Maintenance
    Bus Driver/Maintenance
    Bus Driver/Maintenance
    Winton, CA
    Winton, CA
    03/31/2021
    03/31/2021
    $35,479
    $35,479
    03/31/2021