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Career Profile: Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity

Drive bus or motor coach, including regular route operations, charters, and private carriage. May assist passengers with baggage. May collect fares or tickets.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 165,200 people employed as bus drivers, transit and intercity in the United States. The median annual salary is $45,900. Entry level employees earn approximately $28,330 per year and senior employees earn approximately $72,750 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Make minor repairs to vehicle and change tires.
  • Load and unload baggage in baggage compartments.
  • Drive vehicles over specified routes or to specified destinations according to time schedules, complying with traffic regulations to ensure that passengers have a smooth and safe ride.
  • Park vehicles at loading areas so that passengers can board.
  • Inspect vehicles and check gas, oil, and water levels prior to departure.
  • Collect tickets or cash fares from passengers.
  • Handle passenger emergencies or disruptions.
  • Report delays or accidents.
  • Advise passengers to be seated and orderly while on vehicles.
  • Regulate heating, lighting, and ventilating systems for passenger comfort.
  • Record information, such as cash receipts and ticket fares, and maintain log book.
  • Maintain cleanliness of bus or motor coach.
  • Read maps to plan bus routes.
  • Announce stops to passengers.
  • Assist passengers, such as elderly or disabled individuals, on and off bus, ensure they are seated properly, help carry baggage, and answer questions about bus schedules or routes.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
165,200
Annual Openings:
24,600
Increase in Openings by 2030:
21%
Annual Salary Range:
$28,330 - $72,750
Education Requirements:
High school diploma