Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for school 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 135,092 school bus drivers currently employed in the United States.
  • 55.3% of all school bus drivers are women, while 44.7% are men.
  • The average age of an employed school bus driver is 57 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of school bus drivers is White (69.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (14.6%), Black or African American (8.1%) and Unknown (4.6%).
  • School bus drivers are most in-demand in New York, NY.
  • The education industry is the highest-paying for school bus drivers.
  • 9% of all school bus drivers are LGBT.

School Bus Driver Statistics By Gender

55.3% of school bus drivers are women and 44.7% of school bus drivers are men.

  • Female, 55.3%
  • Male, 44.7%

School Bus Drivers By Gender

GenderPercentages
Female55.3%
Male44.7%

Gender Pay Gap For School Bus Driver

Women Earn 98¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$38,112
female-income
Female Income
$37,397

School Bus Driver Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the school 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

School Bus Driver Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201043.45%56.55%
201143.97%56.03%
201242.82%57.18%
201345.17%54.83%
201444.07%55.93%
201546.05%53.95%
201646.60%53.40%
201746.04%53.96%
201844.66%55.34%
201943.59%56.41%
202044.15%55.85%
202144.68%55.32%

School 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%
School Bus Driver45%55%
Wrecker Operator99%1%
Tank Wagon Driver99%1%
Diesel Truck Driver100%0%

School Bus Driver Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among school bus drivers is White, which makes up 69.1% of all school bus drivers. Comparatively, there are 14.6% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 8.1% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 69.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 14.6%
  • Black or African American, 8.1%
  • Unknown, 4.6%
  • Asian, 2.6%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.0%

School Bus Driver Race

School Bus Driver RacePercentages
White69.1%
Hispanic or Latino14.6%
Black or African American8.1%
Unknown4.6%
Asian2.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native1.0%

School 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 school bus drivers.

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

School Bus Driver Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201067.19%16.02%1.76%12.55%
201165.71%16.12%2.44%12.85%
201266.54%15.25%2.33%12.92%
201365.71%15.58%2.27%13.55%
201466.56%15.41%2.03%13.30%
201566.26%15.21%2.48%13.38%
201663.92%15.85%2.85%14.23%
201765.56%14.62%2.45%14.24%
201868.52%10.07%3.25%15.09%
201971.80%8.63%3.13%13.69%
202069.73%7.82%2.65%14.39%
202169.06%8.09%2.60%14.56%

School Bus Driver Wage Gap By Race

Asian school bus drivers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White school bus drivers have the lowest average salary at $37,832.
$39,000
$38,000
$37,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$37,851
White$37,832
Black or African American$37,975
Asian$38,621
Hispanic or Latino$38,288

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Average Age of a School Bus Driver

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

Male
Female

School Bus Driver Age By Race

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

School Bus Driver Age Breakdown

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

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


School Bus Driver Age

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

Types of School Bus Driver Degree Levels

The most common degree for school bus drivers is high school diploma 35% of school bus drivers earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 24% and rounding it off is bachelor's degree with 19%.

  • High School Diploma, 35%
  • Associate, 24%
  • Bachelors, 19%
  • Diploma, 11%
  • Other Degrees, 11%

School Bus Drivers By Education

School Bus Driver DegreePercentages
High School Diploma35%
Associate24%
Bachelors19%
Diploma11%
Other Degrees11%

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School Bus Driver Wage Gap By Education

School bus drivers with a High School Diploma degree earn more than those without, at $38,347 annually. With a Associate degree, school bus drivers earn a median annual income of $38,189 compared to $37,818 for school 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$38,347
Bachelor's Degree$37,818
Some College/ Associate Degree$38,189

School Bus Driver Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

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

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

School Bus Driver Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees12%
50 - 100 employees22%
100 - 500 employees27%
500 - 1,000 employees8%
1,000 - 10,000 employees24%
> 10,000 employees7%

The Types Of Companies School Bus Driver Work In

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

Education

Public

Private

Government

School Bus Driver Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education62%
Public2%
Private30%
Government6%

Top Industries Hiring School Bus Drivers

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

Education

Transportation

Government

Professional

Technology

School Bus Driver Turnover And Employment Statistics

School 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 school bus drivers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

School Bus Driver Unemployment Rate By Year

YearSchool Bus 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 School Bus Driver Stay in a Job

By looking over 27,741 school bus drivers resumes, we figured out that the average school bus driver enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 26%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

School Bus Driver Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year17%
1-2 years26%
3-4 years15%
5-7 years20%
8-10 years8%
11+ years16%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of School 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 school bus drivers.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Vehicle Operator1.73%27,441
Delivery Driver, Contractor3.95%361,045
Motor Pool Driver6.17%157,092
Transit Coach Operator8.69%40,390
School Bus Driver8.77%-

School Bus Driver LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Vehicle Operator1.73%27,441
Delivery Driver, Contractor3.95%361,045
Motor Pool Driver6.17%157,092
Transit Coach Operator8.69%40,390

Foreign Languages Spoken By School Bus Drivers

The most common foreign language among school bus drivers is Spanish at 76.7%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 6.0% and Carrier is the third-most popular at 4.5%.

  • Spanish, 76.7%
  • French, 6.0%
  • Carrier, 4.5%
  • Arabic, 2.0%
  • German, 1.7%
  • Other, 9.1%

School Bus Driver Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish76.7%
French6.0%
Carrier4.5%
Arabic2.0%
German1.7%
Other9.1%

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Where Do School Bus Drivers Earn The Most?

School bus drivers earn the most in Massachusetts, where the average school bus driver salary is $46,831. The map here shows where school 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 School Bus Drivers?

By looking through more than 27,741 resumes, we found that the most popular places for school bus drivers are New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA.

Number of School Bus Drivers

Number Of School Bus Driver Jobs By State

Where Are School Bus Drivers In High Demand?

School bus drivers are in high demand in New York, NY. There are currently 16 job openings for school bus drivers here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country school bus drivers are in the most demand.

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School Bus Driver Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of School Bus Drivers Are Female?

55.5% of school bus drivers are female in the United States. This is 1.1 percentage points higher than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female school bus drivers has decreased by -0.1 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 93,606 female school bus drivers in the U.S. and 75,055 male school bus drivers in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 168,661 people with the specific job title of school bus driver and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many School Bus Driver Are There In The Us?

There are over 135,092 School Bus Drivers in the United States.

What Percentage Of School Bus Drivers Are Black?

8.1% of School Bus Drivers are Black or African American

What Race Are Most School Bus Drivers?

Most a are White, with 69.1% of School Bus Drivers belonging to this ethnicity. 14.6% of School Bus Drivers are Hispanic or Latino, 8.1% of School Bus Drivers are Black or African American, 4.6% of School Bus Drivers are Unknown, 2.6% of School Bus Drivers are Asian, and 1.0% of School Bus Drivers are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are School Bus Driver Jobs Male - Dominated?

No, School Bus Driver jobs are not male - dominated. 55% of School Bus Drivers are female, and 44% are male, so there are more female School Bus Drivers than male School Bus Drivers in the United States.

How Old Is The Average School Bus Driver?

The average School Bus Driver is 58 years old. 95% of School 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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