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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Bus Driver Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,470
25th Percentile Wage
$25,490
50th Percentile Wage
$33,010
75th Percentile Wage
$42,330
90th Percentile Wage
$52,860

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 $52,860. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $33,010. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,470. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 171% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of bus drivers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$33,010
3.30% 10.48%
2016
$31,920
3.04% -
2015
$30,950
2.36% -
2014
$30,220
1.79% -
2013
$29,680
0.44% -
2012
$29,550
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Table 2. Bus Driver Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of bus drivers in 16 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 construction sector with an annual salary $55,500. The lowest paying sector is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector (annual salary $21,980).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Construction
$55,500
Federal, State, and Local Government
$42,280
Retail Trade
$39,130
Mining
$38,800
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$35,320
Manufacturing
$33,980
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$32,960
Transportation and Warehousing
$32,910
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$32,700
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$30,590
Educational Services
$30,380
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$27,800
Health Care and Social Assistance
$25,510
Wholesale Trade
$25,390
Accommodation and Food Services
$23,630
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$21,980



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