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
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

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
3.30% 10.48%
3.04% -
2.36% -
1.79% -
0.44% -
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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
Federal, State, and Local Government
Retail Trade
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Transportation and Warehousing
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Educational Services
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Health Care and Social Assistance
Wholesale Trade
Accommodation and Food Services
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services


💰 Highest paying industries for bus drivers.