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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

53-3052 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 Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity
Industry profile for Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity
Geographic profile for Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity

National estimates for Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
145,720 1.2 % $ 24.67 $ 51,310 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.56 $ 18.31 $ 23.37 $ 30.00 $ 37.33
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,290 $ 38,080 $ 48,620 $ 62,400 $ 77,640


Industry profile for Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 83,610 1.56 $ 27.25 $ 56,680
Urban Transit Systems 20,840 53.38 $ 22.21 $ 46,190
Charter Bus Industry 7,860 52.81 $ 19.00 $ 39,520
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 6,910 8.17 $ 18.57 $ 38,620
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 6,670 0.30 $ 30.39 $ 63,200

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Urban Transit Systems 20,840 53.38 $ 22.21 $ 46,190
Charter Bus Industry 7,860 52.81 $ 19.00 $ 39,520
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 6,160 49.52 $ 21.65 $ 45,040
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 1,520 21.88 $ 18.16 $ 37,760
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 6,910 8.17 $ 18.57 $ 38,620

Top paying industries for Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 110 0.16 $ 32.91 $ 68,440
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 6,670 0.30 $ 30.39 $ 63,200
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 83,610 1.56 $ 27.25 $ 56,680
Facilities Support Services 360 0.22 $ 23.33 $ 48,530
Urban Transit Systems 20,840 53.38 $ 22.21 $ 46,190


Geographic profile for Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity:

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



Map of employment of bus drivers, transit and intercity by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 20,490 1.24 1.20 $ 27.62 $ 57,450
New York 16,330 1.88 1.82 $ 34.10 $ 70,930
Illinois 10,050 1.79 1.73 $ 26.00 $ 54,070
Washington 8,240 2.57 2.48 $ 29.58 $ 61,520
Florida 8,130 0.94 0.91 $ 20.76 $ 43,190


Map of location quotient of bus drivers, transit and intercity by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 1,650 3.00 2.90 $ 26.42 $ 54,960
Washington 8,240 2.57 2.48 $ 29.58 $ 61,520
Maryland 5,140 2.02 1.95 $ 24.93 $ 51,860
New York 16,330 1.88 1.82 $ 34.10 $ 70,930
Illinois 10,050 1.79 1.73 $ 26.00 $ 54,070


Map of annual mean wages of bus drivers, transit and intercity by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 16,330 1.88 1.82 $ 34.10 $ 70,930
Massachusetts 3,060 0.90 0.87 $ 31.20 $ 64,890
Washington 8,240 2.57 2.48 $ 29.58 $ 61,520
Alaska 260 0.88 0.85 $ 27.87 $ 57,960
California 20,490 1.24 1.20 $ 27.62 $ 57,450



Map of employment of bus drivers, transit and intercity by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 19,000 2.19 2.12 $ 33.32 $ 69,310
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 8,280 1.96 1.89 $ 27.01 $ 56,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,590 0.98 0.95 $ 26.05 $ 54,190
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 5,510 2.87 2.78 $ 31.34 $ 65,190
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 5,150 2.30 2.22 $ 31.98 $ 66,520
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,980 1.70 1.64 $ 25.08 $ 52,160
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,420 1.40 1.35 $ 22.87 $ 47,570
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,660 1.03 0.99 $ 32.39 $ 67,370
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,410 0.83 0.81 $ 21.54 $ 44,800
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 2,120 1.68 1.63 $ 25.68 $ 53,410


Map of location quotient of bus drivers, transit and intercity by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Urban Honolulu, HI 1,410 3.57 3.45 $ 27.31 $ 56,800
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 330 2.92 2.82 $ 27.46 $ 57,120
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 5,510 2.87 2.78 $ 31.34 $ 65,190
Auburn-Opelika, AL 160 2.80 2.70 $ 13.84 $ 28,790
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 260 2.73 2.64 $ 30.19 $ 62,790
Champaign-Urbana, IL 260 2.65 2.56 $ 27.91 $ 58,060
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 270 2.31 2.23 $ 27.46 $ 57,120
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 5,150 2.30 2.22 $ 31.98 $ 66,520
Kennewick-Richland, WA 270 2.29 2.22 $ 27.11 $ 56,380
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 19,000 2.19 2.12 $ 33.32 $ 69,310


Map of annual mean wages of bus drivers, transit and intercity by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,100 1.03 1.00 $ 33.63 $ 69,940
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 19,000 2.19 2.12 $ 33.32 $ 69,310
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,660 1.03 0.99 $ 32.39 $ 67,370
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 5,150 2.30 2.22 $ 31.98 $ 66,520
Fairbanks, AK 50 1.31 1.27 $ 31.60 $ 65,740
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 5,510 2.87 2.78 $ 31.34 $ 65,190
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 260 2.73 2.64 $ 30.19 $ 62,790
Salinas, CA 230 1.37 1.33 $ 28.92 $ 60,150
Anchorage, AK 150 0.91 0.88 $ 28.12 $ 58,480
Champaign-Urbana, IL 260 2.65 2.56 $ 27.91 $ 58,060

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 450 3.77 3.64 $ 24.67 $ 51,310
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 360 1.43 1.39 $ 17.17 $ 35,720
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 310 3.03 2.93 $ 17.98 $ 37,400
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 250 1.56 1.51 $ 17.64 $ 36,690
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 240 1.39 1.35 $ 15.11 $ 31,430

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 450 3.77 3.64 $ 24.67 $ 51,310
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 310 3.03 2.93 $ 17.98 $ 37,400
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 2.16 2.09 $ 16.77 $ 34,890
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 200 2.06 1.99 $ 13.30 $ 27,650
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 220 1.85 1.79 $ 23.94 $ 49,800

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.69 0.67 $ 24.90 $ 51,790
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 450 3.77 3.64 $ 24.67 $ 51,310
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 220 1.85 1.79 $ 23.94 $ 49,800
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 130 1.30 1.26 $ 21.69 $ 45,110
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 0.79 0.76 $ 20.87 $ 43,410


About May 2021 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 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.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022