Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

53-3021 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.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
179,700 2.4 % $17.82 $37,060 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.11 $12.72 $17.08 $22.97 $27.16
Annual Wage (2) $21,020 $26,460 $35,520 $47,770 $56,500


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 90,460 1.62 $20.50 $42,640
Urban Transit Systems 24,340 61.05 $15.72 $32,710
Charter Bus Industry 17,350 55.79 $13.63 $28,360
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 14,980 18.77 $14.27 $29,680
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 9,020 50.90 $17.01 $35,390

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Urban Transit Systems 24,340 61.05 $15.72 $32,710
Charter Bus Industry 17,350 55.79 $13.63 $28,360
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 9,020 50.90 $17.01 $35,390
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 3,880 36.12 $13.87 $28,850
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 14,980 18.77 $14.27 $29,680

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports 130 0.10 $23.78 $49,460
State Government (OES Designation) 3,960 0.17 $22.55 $46,910
Local Government (OES Designation) 90,460 1.62 $20.50 $42,640
Facilities Support Services 240 0.18 $17.30 $35,990
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers (8) (8) $17.27 $35,930


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 26,540 1.90 1.34 $19.75 $41,070
New York 19,330 2.32 1.64 $22.10 $45,960
Texas 12,200 1.21 0.86 $16.18 $33,650
Illinois 12,130 2.19 1.55 $19.19 $39,910
Florida 8,990 1.27 0.90 $15.80 $32,870




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 2,560 4.47 3.16 $19.92 $41,430
Washington 8,920 3.31 2.34 $21.94 $45,630
New Jersey 8,760 2.32 1.64 $19.65 $40,860
New York 19,330 2.32 1.64 $22.10 $45,960
Illinois 12,130 2.19 1.55 $19.19 $39,910




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 19,330 2.32 1.64 $22.10 $45,960
Washington 8,920 3.31 2.34 $21.94 $45,630
Ohio 5,040 1.02 0.72 $20.07 $41,740
Hawaii 2,560 4.47 3.16 $19.92 $41,430
California 26,540 1.90 1.34 $19.75 $41,070

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 19,540 3.92 2.78 $22.56 $46,930
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 8,570 2.42 1.71 $19.82 $41,230
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,210 1.89 1.34 $19.25 $40,040
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 5,600 4.16 2.94 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,970 1.73 1.23 $18.80 $39,110
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,470 3.65 2.58 $21.98 $45,720
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,340 1.67 1.18 $17.72 $36,850
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,820 1.67 1.18 $13.57 $28,220
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,750 2.00 1.41 $19.73 $41,040
Denver-Aurora, CO 2,650 2.24 1.58 $14.80 $30,780




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 830 4.84 3.43 $16.37 $34,040
Honolulu, HI 2,030 4.83 3.42 $21.57 $44,870
Rochester, MN 440 4.45 3.15 $14.05 $29,230
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 5,600 4.16 2.94 (8) (8)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 19,540 3.92 2.78 $22.56 $46,930
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,470 3.65 2.58 $21.98 $45,720
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 580 3.50 2.47 $22.91 $47,650
Johnson City, TN 260 3.44 2.43 $11.18 $23,260
Coeur d'Alene, ID 170 3.26 2.31 $11.68 $24,300
Champaign-Urbana, IL 300 3.01 2.13 $11.77 $24,480




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Madison, WI 430 1.33 0.94 $23.94 $49,800
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 750 2.95 2.09 $23.03 $47,890
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $22.96 $47,760
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 580 3.50 2.47 $22.91 $47,650
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.58 $46,970
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 19,540 3.92 2.78 $22.56 $46,930
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,470 3.65 2.58 $21.98 $45,720
Rockford, IL (8) (8) (8) $21.83 $45,410
Bellingham, WA 190 2.61 1.85 $21.75 $45,230
Honolulu, HI 2,030 4.83 3.42 $21.57 $44,870

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 590 2.22 1.57 $13.19 $27,440
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 520 3.47 2.46 $13.51 $28,100
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 460 2.11 1.49 $14.31 $29,770
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 400 2.17 1.53 $10.87 $22,610
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 270 1.76 1.24 $13.24 $27,530

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 520 3.47 2.46 $13.51 $28,100
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 260 3.14 2.22 $10.35 $21,530
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 170 2.41 1.70 $11.24 $23,370
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 2.27 1.60 $19.07 $39,670
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 590 2.22 1.57 $13.19 $27,440

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 100 2.03 1.43 $19.63 $40,830
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 2.27 1.60 $19.07 $39,670
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.15 $35,670
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.47 0.33 $16.10 $33,490
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.05 $33,380


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011