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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$24,830
25th Percentile Wage
$30,890
50th Percentile Wage
$40,780
75th Percentile Wage
$53,570
90th Percentile Wage
$67,860

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 $67,860. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $40,780. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $24,830. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 173% 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 transit and intercity bus drivers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$40,780
2.43% 10.25%
2016
$39,790
3.77% -
2015
$38,290
2.14% -
2014
$37,470
2.05% -
2013
$36,700
0.27% -
2012
$36,600
- -

Table 2. 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 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 $49,150. The lowest paying sector is the wholesale trade sector (annual salary $20,280).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$49,150
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$43,760
Mining
$37,660
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$35,980
Transportation and Warehousing
$35,030
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$34,550
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$33,030
Educational Services
$31,950
Retail Trade
$31,360
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$30,650
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$28,020
Health Care and Social Assistance
$27,940
Accommodation and Food Services
$24,860
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 $19,470 to $65,250. The highest paying state for transit and intercity bus drivers is New York with a median annual salary of $65,250. The lowest paying state is Guam with a median annual salary of $19,470. 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
$65,250
Washington
$57,270
Illinois
$53,030
Alaska
$50,930
Massachusetts
$49,820
New Jersey
$47,840
Wisconsin
$46,770
Connecticut
$45,880
Oregon
$45,120
Hawaii
$44,730
California
$43,950
Nebraska
$43,350
New Hampshire
$42,720
Ohio
$41,970
Delaware
$41,800
Missouri
$40,330
Arizona
$39,530
Vermont
$39,390
Virginia
$39,330
Texas
$38,380
Colorado
$38,250
Maryland
$38,090
Indiana
$37,140
Maine
$36,870
Tennessee
$36,760
Pennsylvania
$36,760
Minnesota
$36,400
District of Columbia
$36,290
Rhode Island
$36,230
North Dakota
$36,120
West Virginia
$33,910
Louisiana
$33,840
Iowa
$33,120
Utah
$33,090
Montana
$32,850
Michigan
$32,700
Wyoming
$32,020
Idaho
$31,670
Florida
$31,510
Georgia
$31,370
North Carolina
$30,920
South Dakota
$30,700
Kansas
$30,530
South Carolina
$30,190
Nevada
$29,830
New Mexico
$29,510
Kentucky
$29,460
Arkansas
$28,540
Puerto Rico
$27,680
Mississippi
$27,120
Alabama
$26,200
Virgin Islands
$25,670
Oklahoma
$24,160
Guam
$19,470



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