Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
169,680 2.2 % $20.09 $41,780 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.46 $14.37 $19.13 $24.87 $30.91
Annual Wage (2) $23,840 $29,890 $39,790 $51,720 $64,290


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) 80,170 1.49 $22.82 $47,460
Urban Transit Systems 28,650 61.90 $18.52 $38,530
Charter Bus Industry 15,540 53.46 $15.93 $33,130
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 10,800 10.26 $15.47 $32,170
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 10,250 61.78 $17.41 $36,220

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 28,650 61.90 $18.52 $38,530
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 10,250 61.78 $17.41 $36,220
Charter Bus Industry 15,540 53.46 $15.93 $33,130
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 3,340 23.60 $15.44 $32,110
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 10,800 10.26 $15.47 $32,170

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports (8) (8) $31.69 $65,920
State Government (OES Designation) 6,290 0.29 $26.68 $55,500
Local Government (OES Designation) 80,170 1.49 $22.82 $47,460
Performing Arts Companies 130 0.11 $21.82 $45,380
Management of Companies and Enterprises 610 0.03 $20.95 $43,570


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 23,350 1.46 1.21 $21.06 $43,810
New York 20,880 2.29 1.90 $26.21 $54,520
Texas 12,940 1.10 0.91 $17.70 $36,820
Florida 10,330 1.26 1.04 $16.08 $33,440
Illinois 8,290 1.40 1.16 $24.61 $51,190




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 2,290 3.63 3.00 $19.73 $41,030
New York 20,880 2.29 1.90 $26.21 $54,520
Maryland 6,000 2.27 1.88 $19.12 $39,760
Nevada 2,560 2.02 1.67 $13.79 $28,690
Washington 5,990 1.95 1.62 $26.92 $56,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 5,990 1.95 1.62 $26.92 $56,000
New York 20,880 2.29 1.90 $26.21 $54,520
Alaska 320 0.97 0.81 $25.45 $52,940
Illinois 8,290 1.40 1.16 $24.61 $51,190
Massachusetts 4,510 1.30 1.08 $24.56 $51,090





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 20,930 3.18 2.63 $25.84 $53,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,670 1.82 1.50 $19.28 $40,100
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 6,370 1.75 1.45 $26.49 $55,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,430 1.78 1.47 $20.55 $42,750
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,110 2.59 2.14 $28.53 $59,330
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 3,590 1.99 1.65 $25.55 $53,140
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,990 1.23 1.02 $17.69 $36,790
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,720 1.07 0.88 $16.53 $34,390
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,660 0.91 0.75 $18.38 $38,220
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,650 1.37 1.13 $18.24 $37,940




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)
Urban Honolulu, HI 1,900 4.10 3.39 $20.70 $43,050
Corpus Christi, TX 690 3.70 3.06 $15.02 $31,240
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 180 3.52 2.91 $16.01 $33,290
Pocatello, ID 110 3.48 2.88 $15.50 $32,250
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 20,930 3.18 2.63 $25.84 $53,740
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 2,550 2.72 2.25 $13.77 $28,640
Ithaca, NY 140 2.67 2.21 $19.17 $39,870
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,110 2.59 2.14 $28.53 $59,330
Flint, MI 350 2.57 2.12 $13.63 $28,350
Kingston, NY 140 2.45 2.03 $20.45 $42,540