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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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)
162,850 2.7 % $ 23.13 $ 48,110 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.62 $ 16.90 $ 22.07 $ 29.15 $ 34.98
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,330 $ 35,160 $ 45,900 $ 60,630 $ 72,750


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) 77,870 1.44 $ 26.12 $ 54,330
Urban Transit Systems 25,050 59.72 $ 20.83 $ 43,320
Charter Bus Industry 12,590 58.58 $ 18.48 $ 38,440
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 10,400 10.73 $ 18.33 $ 38,130
School and Employee Bus Transportation 9,780 5.75 $ 19.32 $ 40,180

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 25,050 59.72 $ 20.83 $ 43,320
Charter Bus Industry 12,590 58.58 $ 18.48 $ 38,440
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 7,560 54.99 $ 21.21 $ 44,120
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 2,350 26.17 $ 19.10 $ 39,720
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 10,400 10.73 $ 18.33 $ 38,130

Top paying industries for Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 6,740 0.31 $ 30.12 $ 62,650
Performing Arts Companies 200 0.19 $ 30.02 $ 62,450
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 77,870 1.44 $ 26.12 $ 54,330
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 7,560 54.99 $ 21.21 $ 44,120
Employment Services 310 0.01 $ 20.97 $ 43,620


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.





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 25,020 1.52 1.30 $ 26.23 $ 54,560
New York 15,480 1.78 1.52 $ 30.93 $ 64,330
Illinois 12,770 2.27 1.94 $ 23.97 $ 49,850
Texas 10,510 0.87 0.74 $ 20.27 $ 42,160
Florida 9,760 1.16 0.99 $ 17.69 $ 36,790




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 2,010 3.49 2.99 $ 23.60 $ 49,080
Illinois 12,770 2.27 1.94 $ 23.97 $ 49,850
Washington 6,840 2.14 1.83 $ 28.79 $ 59,880
Maryland 5,380 2.13 1.82 $ 23.40 $ 48,670
New York 15,480 1.78 1.52 $ 30.93 $ 64,330




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 15,480 1.78 1.52 $ 30.93 $ 64,330
Alaska 310 1.04 0.89 $ 29.04 $ 60,400
Washington 6,840 2.14 1.83 $ 28.79 $ 59,880
Massachusetts 4,880 1.46 1.25 $ 27.37 $ 56,930
California 25,020 1.52 1.30 $ 26.23 $ 54,560





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 18,660 2.11 1.80 $ 30.43 $ 63,300
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 9,610 2.20 1.88 $ 25.29 $ 52,610
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 8,570 3.68 3.14 $ 29.71 $ 61,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 7,390 1.27 1.08 $ 24.61 $ 51,190
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,480 1.81 1.55 $ 23.72 $ 49,350
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,780 2.45 2.09 $ 30.38 $ 63,200
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,320 1.66 1.42 $ 27.81 $ 57,850
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,800 1.52 1.29 $ 20.62 $ 42,900
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,200 0.89 0.76 $ 21.69 $ 45,110
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,880 1.37 1.17 $ 22.95 $ 47,740




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)
Homosassa Springs, FL 180 5.78 4.94 $ 16.73 $ 34,800
Urban Honolulu, HI 1,680 4.06 3.47 $ 24.20 $ 50,340
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 8,570 3.68 3.14 $ 29.71 $ 61,810
Champaign-Urbana, IL 320 3.36 2.87 $ 23.95 $ 49,820
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,780 2.45 2.09 $ 30.38 $ 63,200
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 70 2.20 1.88 $ 16.42 $ 34,160
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 9,610 2.20 1.88 $ 25.29 $ 52,610
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 240 2.15 1.84 $ 28.19 $ 58,630
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,540 2.13 1.82 $ 15.30 $ 31,820
Eugene, OR 310 2.13 1.82 $ 26.67 $ 55,470




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 1,290 1.17 1.00 $ 31.91 $ 66,380
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 170 1.90 1.62 $ 30.48 $ 63,390
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 18,660 2.11 1.80 $ 30.43 $ 63,300
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,780 2.45 2.09 $ 30.38 $ 63,200
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 29.76 $ 61,900
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 8,570 3.68 3.14 $ 29.71 $ 61,810
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 240 2.15 1.84 $ 28.19 $ 58,630
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,320 1.66 1.42 $ 27.81 $ 57,850
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 370 0.98 0.83 $ 26.97 $ 56,100
Eugene, OR 310 2.13 1.82 $ 26.67 $ 55,470

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 390 3.30 2.82 $ 23.27 $ 48,400
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 300 2.11 1.80 $ 15.94 $ 33,170
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 290 1.18 1.00 $ 15.06 $ 31,320
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 280 1.23 1.05 $ 16.90 $ 35,160
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 260 2.08 1.78 (8) (8)

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 390 3.30 2.82 $ 23.27 $ 48,400
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 240 3.03 2.59 $ 14.97 $ 31,150
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 250 2.37 2.03 $ 17.05 $ 35,460
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 200 2.18 1.86 (8) (8)
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 300 2.11 1.80 $ 15.94 $ 33,170

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 160 1.63 1.39 $ 28.71 $ 59,720
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 23.29 $ 48,450
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 390 3.30 2.82 $ 23.27 $ 48,400
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 210 1.86 1.59 $ 23.27 $ 48,400
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.48 0.41 $ 20.80 $ 43,270


About May 2020 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.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021