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Transit and Intercity Bus Driver Salary Information

The salary statistics of transit and intercity bus drivers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of transit and intercity bus drivers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The transit and intercity 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. Transit and Intercity Bus Driver Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$23,840
25th Percentile Wage
$29,890
50th Percentile Wage
$39,790
75th Percentile Wage
$51,720
90th Percentile Wage
$64,290

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for transit and intercity bus drivers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) transit and intercity bus drivers is $64,290. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $39,790. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23,840. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 169% 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 transit and intercity bus drivers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201639,7903.77%8.02%
201538,2902.14%-
201437,4702.05%-
201336,7000.27%-
201236,600--

Table 2. Transit and Intercity Bus Driver Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of transit and intercity bus drivers in 12 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 transit and intercity bus drivers occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $47,510. The lowest paying sector is the wholesale trade sector (annual salary $20,280).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$47,510
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$44,420
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$43,760
Transportation and Warehousing
$34,180
Educational Services
$31,950
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$31,080
Retail Trade
$29,540
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$29,240
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$29,080
Health Care and Social Assistance
$26,480
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$25,250
Wholesale Trade
$20,280

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers by States

From the above tables we note that not only transit and intercity bus drivers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of transit and intercity bus drivers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $19,000 to $56,980. The highest paying state for transit and intercity bus drivers is New York with a median annual salary of $56,980. The lowest paying state is Guam with a median annual salary of $19,000. For more salary information of transit and intercity bus drivers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New York
$56,980
Washington
$56,710
Alaska
$54,670
Illinois
$49,300
Massachusetts
$47,370
Wisconsin
$46,370
New Hampshire
$45,170
Ohio
$43,990
New Jersey
$43,800
Hawaii
$43,420
Oregon
$42,650
California
$42,620
Louisiana
$42,440
Nebraska
$41,870
Connecticut
$40,850
Arizona
$39,010
Pennsylvania
$38,340
Texas
$37,810
Virginia
$37,740
Rhode Island
$37,630
Indiana
$37,430
Delaware
$36,950
Maryland
$36,530
Colorado
$36,490
Vermont
$36,390
North Dakota
$36,380
Tennessee
$36,080
Missouri
$35,760
District of Columbia
$35,350
Montana
$34,910
Michigan
$34,310
West Virginia
$34,300
Minnesota
$34,120
Iowa
$33,650
Maine
$33,120
Florida
$31,840
Utah
$31,820
Georgia
$31,560
Wyoming
$31,300
Kentucky
$31,160
Idaho
$30,660
Kansas
$29,110
Arkansas
$29,110
New Mexico
$28,460
North Carolina
$28,300
Mississippi
$27,970
South Carolina
$27,760
Oklahoma
$27,140
Puerto Rico
$27,070
Nevada
$26,750
South Dakota
$26,150
Alabama
$23,420
Guam
$19,000


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