How Much Do Bus Drivers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers

Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers drive bus or motor coach, including regular route operations, charters, and private carriage. May assist passengers with baggage. May collect fares or tickets.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$48110 per year
Hourly wage
$23 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$28,330 to $35,160 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$14 to $17 per hour

Entry-level Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $28,330 to $35,160 per year or $14 to $17 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $35 $72,750
Senior (Top 25%) $29 $60,630
Middle (Mid 50%) $22 $45,900
Junior (Bottom 25%) $17 $35,160
No experience (Bottom 10%) $14 $28,330

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NY $31 $64,330
AK $29 $60,400
WA $29 $59,880
MA $27 $56,930
CA $26 $54,560
NJ $26 $53,280
NH $26 $53,070
CT $25 $52,470
IL $24 $49,850
HI $24 $49,080

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Transit and Intercity Bus Driver is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NY doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NY might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Bus Drivers are in the states of NY, AK, WA, MA and CA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
State Government $62650 $30.12
Performing Arts Companies $62450 $30.02
Local Government $54330 $26.12
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation $44120 $21.21
Employment Services $43620 $20.97
Urban Transit Systems $43320 $20.83
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing $42770 $20.56
Civic and Social Organizations $41150 $19.78
School and Employee Bus Transportation $40180 $19.32
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land $39720 $19.10
Charter Bus Industry $38440 $18.48
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $38220 $18.38
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services $38160 $18.35
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation $38130 $18.33
Traveler Accommodation $38060 $18.30
Management of Companies and Enterprises $37980 $18.26
Support Activities for Air Transportation $36960 $17.77
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $36330 $17.47
Educational Support Services $36330 $17.47
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly $36280 $17.44
Social Advocacy Organizations $36060 $17.34
Facilities Support Services $35910 $17.27
Other Personal Services $34970 $16.81
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $34580 $16.63
Elementary and Secondary Schools $32790 $15.77
Vocational Rehabilitation Services $32760 $15.75
Taxi and Limousine Service $31380 $15.08
Amusement Parks and Arcades $31090 $14.95
Individual and Family Services $30100 $14.47
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $28930 $13.91

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