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Working as a City Bus Driver

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a city bus driver. For example, did you know that they make an average of $18.35 an hour? That's $38,177 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 5% and produce 32,800 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a City Bus Driver Do

There are certain skills that many city bus drivers have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed customer-service skills, patience and hand-eye coordination.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a city bus driver, we found that a lot of resumes listed 26.1% of city bus drivers included dot, while 13.2% of resumes included safe transportation, and 11.3% of resumes included passenger endorsement. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

How To Become a City Bus Driver

If you're interested in becoming a city bus driver, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 11.6% of city bus drivers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 1.7% of city bus drivers have master's degrees. Even though some city bus drivers have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a city bus driver. When we researched the most common majors for a city bus driver, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or associate degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on city bus driver resumes include bachelor's degree degrees or diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a city bus driver. In fact, many city bus driver jobs require experience in a role such as school bus driver. Meanwhile, many city bus drivers also have previous career experience in roles such as bus driver or driver.

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Average Salary$38,177
Job Growth Rate5%

City Bus Driver Career Paths

Top Careers Before City Bus Driver

Driver
11.1 %

Top Careers After City Bus Driver

Driver
13.8 %

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Average Salary for a City Bus Driver

City Bus Drivers in America make an average salary of $38,177 per year or $18 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $42,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $34,000 per year.
Average Salary
$38,177

Best Paying Cities

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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Commerce City-Bus Driver
Commerce City-Bus Driver
Firstgroup Plc
Firstgroup Plc
08/26/2020
08/26/2020
$39,65308/26/2020
$39,653
Lincoln City-Charter Bus Driver
Lincoln City-Charter Bus Driver
Firstgroup Plc
Firstgroup Plc
04/02/2020
04/02/2020
$33,39204/02/2020
$33,392
Redwood City-Bus Driver-Cdl Training!
Redwood City-Bus Driver-Cdl Training!
Firstgroup Plc
Firstgroup Plc
02/20/2020
02/20/2020
$45,91402/20/2020
$45,914
City Bus Driver
City Bus Driver
Firstgroup Plc
Firstgroup Plc
01/03/2020
01/03/2020
$33,39201/03/2020
$33,392
City Bus Driver
City Bus Driver
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
12/27/2019
12/27/2019
$45,07912/27/2019
$45,079

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City Bus Driver Demographics

Gender

male

61.7 %

female

35.5 %

unknown

2.8 %

Ethnicity

White

54.6 %

Black or African American

24.5 %

Hispanic or Latino

13.9 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0 %

Hawaiian

12.5 %

Norwegian

12.5 %
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City Bus Driver Education

Majors

Business
18.0 %

Degrees

High School Diploma

49.2 %

Associate

15.5 %

Bachelors

11.6 %
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Top Skills For a City Bus Driver

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 26.1% of city bus drivers listed dot on their resume, but soft skills such as customer-service skills and patience are important as well.

  • DOT, 26.1%
  • Safe Transportation, 13.2%
  • Passenger Endorsement, 11.3%
  • Safety Rules, 11.1%
  • Transport Passengers, 11.0%
  • Other Skills, 27.3%
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Top City Bus Driver Employers

1. First Transit
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$37,477
City Bus Drivers Hired: 
30+
2. MV Transportation
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$37,613
City Bus Drivers Hired: 
8+
3. Milwaukee County
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$30,784
City Bus Drivers Hired: 
6+
4. Metropolitan Transportation Commission
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$33,005
City Bus Drivers Hired: 
5+
5. Embark Veterinary
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$35,942
City Bus Drivers Hired: 
4+
6. City of Wichita Kansas
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$30,518
City Bus Drivers Hired: 
4+
Updated October 2, 2020