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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
179,510 2.3 % $22.03 $45,830 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.84 $15.90 $20.69 $27.85 $34.04
Annual Wage (2) $26,710 $33,070 $43,030 $57,920 $70,810


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, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 81,810 1.48 $25.46 $52,960
Urban Transit Systems 29,100 60.24 $19.88 $41,350
Charter Bus Industry 17,180 59.53 $17.10 $35,560
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 10,540 9.35 $17.54 $36,490
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 10,000 57.36 $19.97 $41,530

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 29,100 60.24 $19.88 $41,350
Charter Bus Industry 17,180 59.53 $17.10 $35,560
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 10,000 57.36 $19.97 $41,530
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 3,430 24.23 $18.51 $38,490
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 10,540 9.35 $17.54 $36,490

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 140 0.10 $33.74 $70,170
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 6,730 0.31 $27.38 $56,950
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 81,810 1.48 $25.46 $52,960
Nonresidential Building Construction 70 0.01 $23.83 $49,560
Real Estate (8) (8) $22.80 $47,430


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 30,750 1.77 1.45 $24.86 $51,700
New York 18,600 1.95 1.60 $29.84 $62,060
Illinois 11,190 1.86 1.52 $23.65 $49,180
Florida 10,900 1.24 1.01 $16.98 $35,330
Texas 10,620 0.85 0.70 $19.44 $40,430




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 2,430 3.83 3.13 $21.60 $44,930
New York 18,600 1.95 1.60 $29.84 $62,060
Maryland 5,180 1.92 1.57 $22.16 $46,090
Nevada 2,620 1.88 1.54 $18.38 $38,230
Illinois 11,190 1.86 1.52 $23.65 $49,180




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 18,600 1.95 1.60 $29.84 $62,060
Washington 5,850 1.76 1.44 $27.83 $57,880
Alaska 370 1.16 0.95 $26.71 $55,550
Massachusetts 5,190 1.43 1.17 $26.31 $54,720
California 30,750 1.77 1.45 $24.86 $51,700





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 22,520 2.33 1.91 $29.06 $60,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 11,740 1.88 1.54 $23.74 $49,380
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 9,010 3.65 2.98 $28.30 $58,860
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 8,800 1.88 1.54 $24.68 $51,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,310 1.67 1.37 $22.83 $47,490
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,200 1.50 1.23 $26.80 $55,740
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,940 1.49 1.22 $19.82 $41,220
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 3,670 1.81 1.48 $29.64 $61,650
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 3,290 2.55 2.09 $14.95 $31,090
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,070 0.84 0.69 $21.32 $44,340




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)
Homosassa Springs, FL 170 5.34 4.37 $16.16 $33,610
Urban Honolulu, HI 2,020 4.41 3.61 $22.38 $46,540
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 9,010 3.65 2.98 $28.30 $58,860
Champaign-Urbana, IL 290 2.86 2.34 $24.52 $51,010
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 250 2.75 2.25 $23.68 $49,260
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 3,290 2.55 2.09 $14.95 $31,090
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 2,550 2.50 2.05 $18.50 $38,480
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 22,520 2.33 1.91 $29.06 $60,450
Kingston, NY 140 2.33 1.91 $17.03 $35,410
Trenton, NJ 550 2.30 1.88 $21.78 $45,300