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Bus driver salary in United States

How much does a Bus Driver make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $20.45
Low $14.23
High $29.39
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a bus driver is $20.45 per hour in the United States. 26.3k salaries reported, updated at November 27, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

Years of experiencePer hour
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Bus Drivers in United States

  1. Academy Bus
    191 reviews71 salaries reported
    $35.22per hour
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Highest paying cities for Bus Drivers near United States

  1. Milwaukee, WI
    $24.00 per hour
    87 salaries reported
  2. Los Angeles, CA
    $23.25 per hour
    119 salaries reported
  3. Chicago, IL
    $22.64 per hour
    114 salaries reported
  1. Denver, CO
    $22.51 per hour
    97 salaries reported
  2. Indianapolis, IN
    $20.31 per hour
    86 salaries reported
  3. Las Vegas, NV
    $19.34 per hour
    50 salaries reported
  1. Orlando, FL
    $19.09 per hour
    107 salaries reported
  2. Atlanta, GA
    $19.03 per hour
    74 salaries reported
  3. Charlotte, NC
    $17.75 per hour
    58 salaries reported
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Where can a Bus Driver earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Bus Drivers

Most recommended license

SPAB(earn +39.27% more)

The jobs requiring this license have decrease by 56.65% since 2018. Bus Drivers with this license earn +39.27% more than the average base salary, which is $20.45 per hour.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this licenseChange from previous year
201222increase by 22
2013331increase by 1404.55%
2014377increase by 13.90%
2015202decrease by 46.42%
2016334increase by 65.35%
2017153decrease by 54.19%
2018233increase by 52.29%
2019101decrease by 56.65%

Top companies hiring Bus Drivers on Indeed

Loudoun County Public Schools
Karter Schools
Coach USA
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Top skills
Motor Coach Experience

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top LicensesSalaryJob openingsCompanies
35 jobs41
563 jobs1,297
1,069 jobs1,894
1,640 jobs3,053
438 jobs875
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Most common benefits for Bus Drivers

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • 403(b)
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Passenger ride along program
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Uniform allowance
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 14,818 ratings

38% of Bus Drivers in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?


Job openings

Average $18.38 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Bus Driver

As a bus driver, how can I know if I am being paid fairly?

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