Bus Driver Salary Information

The salary statistics of bus drivers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of bus drivers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of bus drivers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The bus drivers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Bus Driver Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,020
25th Percentile Wage
$24,570
50th Percentile Wage
$31,920
75th Percentile Wage
$40,720
90th Percentile Wage
$50,870

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for bus drivers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) bus drivers is $50,870. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $31,920. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,020. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 167% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of bus drivers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201631,9203.04%7.42%
201530,9502.36%-
201430,2201.79%-
201329,6800.44%-
201229,550--

Table 2. Bus Driver Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of bus drivers in 13 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for bus drivers occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $41,140. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $24,570).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$41,140
Federal, State, and Local Government
$41,020
Retail Trade
$39,190
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$38,760
Manufacturing
$37,830
Transportation and Warehousing
$31,920
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$31,210
Wholesale Trade
$29,960
Educational Services
$29,540
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$29,180
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$29,020
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$26,200
Health Care and Social Assistance
$24,570


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