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According to the BLS, the median annual salary for a transit and intercity bus driver was $36,600 in 2012. The best-paid 10 percent made $59,480, while the lowest-paid made approximately $21,320. The highest-paid in the profession work in Olympia, Wash., Seattle and New York City. School bus drivers earn less than transit and intercity bus drivers, with an average salary just over $29,000 per year.

Job Salary Year
2004 $27,060.00
2006 $28,100.00
2008 $30,740.00
2010 $30,980.00
2012 $38,470.00

Average Bus Driver Pay vs. All Social Services Jobs

Bus drivers make a mid-range salary when compared to other social services workers. With average earnings of $38,470, they bring home more than taxi drivers ($25,140) and delivery truck drivers (33,940), but they make less than auto mechanics ($39,060) and patrol officers ($57,770).

Job Name Salary
Patrol Officer $55,270.00
Bus Driver $36,660.00
Auto Mechanic $36,610.00
Delivery Truck Driver $29,390.00
Hairdresser $22,700.00
Janitor $22,320.00

Best Paying Cities for Bus Drivers

The highest paid in the bus driver profession work in the metropolitan areas of Olympia, Wash., Seattle, and New York City. The San Francisco area also pays well, as does the city of Bridgeport, Conn.

Olympia, Wash.

Average Salary: $53,450 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a bus driver working in Olympia, Wash. is $53,450, which is $16,790 more than the average pay in the profession.

Seattle

Average Salary: $50,130 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a bus driver working in Seattle is $50,130, which is $13,470 more than the average pay in the profession.

New York City

Average Salary: $49,980 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a bus driver working in New York City is $49,980, which is $13,320 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Francisco

Average Salary: $49,800 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a bus driver working in San Francisco is $49,800, which is $13,140 more than the average pay in the profession.

Bridgeport, Conn.

Average Salary: $48,100 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a bus driver working in Bridgeport, Conn. is $48,100, which is $11,440 more than the average pay in the profession.

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