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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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Transit and Intercity Bus Driver Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$61,570
75th Percentile Wage
$49,840
50th Percentile Wage
$37,470
25th Percentile Wage
$27,090
10th Percentile Wage
$21,390

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 $61,570. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $37,470. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,390. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 187% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $37,470 2.10%
2013 $36,700 0.27%
2012 $36,600 2.46%
2011 $35,720 0.56%
2010 $35,520 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for transit and intercity bus drivers from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 5.49%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 0.27%. We also note that the average annual wage had a moderate growth of 2.46% in 2012 and a small growth of 0.56% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers vs. Related Jobs

Table 4. Transit and Intercity Bus Driver Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of transit and intercity bus drivers in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. 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 professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $49,370. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $23,270).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$49,370
Federal, State, and Local Government
$46,590
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$40,640
Mining
$37,110
Wholesale Trade
$33,270
Transportation and Warehousing
$30,940
Accommodation and Food Services
$29,680
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$28,850
Educational Services
$27,690
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$27,220
Retail Trade
$26,960
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$26,810
Health Care and Social Assistance
$23,450
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$23,270

Table 5. 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 $19,110 to $53,170. The highest paying state for transit and intercity bus drivers is New York with a median annual salary of $53,170. The lowest paying state is Guam with a median annual salary of $19,110. 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
$53,170
Washington
$49,150
Ohio
$48,730
Illinois
$48,610
Hawaii
$47,840
Wisconsin
$44,140
Massachusetts
$43,890
Oregon
$43,430
Alaska
$41,770
California
$40,800
New Hampshire
$38,970
Connecticut
$38,060
New Jersey
$37,590
Minnesota
$37,380
Delaware
$37,070
Vermont
$37,030
Texas
$35,990
Virginia
$35,260
Pennsylvania
$34,970
Maryland
$34,890
Rhode Island
$34,490
Colorado
$34,320
Indiana
$33,350
Georgia
$33,340
Montana
$33,100
Wyoming
$32,490
District of Columbia
$31,970
North Dakota
$31,550
Kentucky
$31,370
Tennessee
$31,330
Michigan
$31,160
Arizona
$30,870
North Carolina
$30,480
West Virginia
$30,220
Idaho
$30,130
Missouri
$29,950
Utah
$29,600
Mississippi
$29,590
Florida
$29,510
Louisiana
$29,480
Kansas
$29,360
New Mexico
$29,340
Arkansas
$29,290
Maine
$29,230
Iowa
$28,440
Nebraska
$28,360
Puerto Rico
$27,710
Oklahoma
$26,700
Nevada
$26,250
Virgin Islands
$26,090
South Dakota
$25,370
Alabama
$24,240
South Carolina
$22,550
Guam
$19,110