What does a Bus Driver do?

A bus driver is a transportation professional who transports people from one destination to another by driving and operating a bus. This may include driving a school bus, city bus or shuttle.

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Working as a Bus Driver

Here are a list of job functions you are likely to encounter as a bus driver:

  • Drive passengers safely from one destination to the next, often making frequent or scheduled stops
  • Adhere to traffic laws
  • Follow policy and procedures of the district or company
  • Communicate with team members via radio
  • Conduct procedures to ensure the safety of passengers and pedestrians
  • Ensure passengers are comfortable and safe
  • Provide customer service as needed, such as directions and physical assistance to passengers
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How much does a Bus Driver make in the United States?

16.1k salaries reported, updated at May 3, 2021
per hour

The average salary for a bus driver is $16.78 per hour in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid time off
  • Life insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Health insurance
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Frequently asked questions

Common questions about being a Bus Driver

What are the job descriptions of a school bus driver?

Some of the job descriptions of a school bus driver are as follows:

  • They operate large buses that can convey many students at the same time
  • They make sure students are conveyed safely to and from school
  • They obey traffic laws
  • They address students who behave incorrectly in the bus following laid-down rules
  • They obey the policy and procedures for bus drivers for the district or school where they are working
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What is the job outlook of bus drivers?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, open positions for bus drivers will grow 5% from 2018 to 2028. This growth may occur in sectors such as cities, school districts, corporations and travel companies.

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Can buses stop anywhere?

Buses are not allowed to drop off passengers anywhere. There are designated bus stops and bus stations where bus drivers are to stop so that passengers can safely get off the bus safely while ensuring the dangers of other users of the road.

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