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How much do Bus Drivers earn in the United States?





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The average salary for a bus driver is $21.12


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10,303 salaries reported. Updated 24 September 2021

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How much does a Bus Driver make?

In the United States, the average pay for a bus driver as of September 2021 is approximately $19.00 per hour. Breaking it down, that works out to be approximately $37,050 per year and $3,088 per month, assuming you work a 40 hour work week.

Comparing Bus Driver Salaries

DirectlyApply has seen bus driver salaries ranging from a high of $29.49 per hour to a low of $12.50 per hour, although we would estimate that the majority of bus drivers currently sit between $15.60 per hour and $25.00 per hour.

To be considered a top earning bus driver you would be expected to be making in excess of $29.49 per hour, which would put you in the top 10%. If you are earning $15.60 per hour or lower, you would be sitting in the bottom 25 percentile.

However interestingly, the average pay range for a bus driver can vary significantly (by as much as $13.89 per hour) so therefore this role may allow for either increased hours or overtime, as well as opportunities for promotion and pay rises. It is therefore highly possible that you can increase your salary as you gain more experience in the role.

How does Bus Driver pay compare across the United States?


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