Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
176,140 1.8 % $20.81 $43,290 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.94 $14.85 $19.61 $25.76 $32.62
Annual Wage (2) $24,830 $30,890 $40,780 $53,570 $67,860


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) 83,160 1.53 $23.62 $49,140
Urban Transit Systems 28,810 61.31 $19.11 $39,760
Charter Bus Industry 16,150 53.92 $16.15 $33,600
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 11,200 10.53 $16.06 $33,400
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 11,180 63.22 $17.93 $37,290

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 11,180 63.22 $17.93 $37,290
Urban Transit Systems 28,810 61.31 $19.11 $39,760
Charter Bus Industry 16,150 53.92 $16.15 $33,600
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 3,520 24.83 $17.19 $35,750
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 11,200 10.53 $16.06 $33,400

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports (8) (8) $31.90 $66,350
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 6,790 0.31 $27.66 $57,530
Performing Arts Companies 110 0.08 $26.57 $55,260
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 83,160 1.53 $23.62 $49,140
Urban Transit Systems 28,810 61.31 $19.11 $39,760


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 1.40 1.13 $21.53 $44,780
New York 21,830 2.37 1.92 $28.32 $58,900
Texas 12,420 1.04 0.84 $18.11 $37,670
Florida 11,590 1.38 1.11 $16.29 $33,870
Illinois 7,990 1.35 1.09 $26.01 $54,090




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 2,320 3.67 2.97 $20.49 $42,620
New York 21,830 2.37 1.92 $28.32 $58,900
Nevada 2,740 2.09 1.69 $15.41 $32,060
Maryland 5,310 1.99 1.61 $20.34 $42,310
New Jersey 7,350 1.83 1.48 $22.50 $46,800




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 21,830 2.37 1.92 $28.32 $58,900
Washington 5,470 1.72 1.39 $27.58 $57,360
Illinois 7,990 1.35 1.09 $26.01 $54,090
Massachusetts 4,990 1.41 1.14 $25.85 $53,780
Alaska 390 1.22 0.99 $24.14 $50,200



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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 22,670 3.39 2.74 $28.08 $58,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,190 1.85 1.50 $20.68 $43,020
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 6,500 1.77 1.44 $27.26 $56,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,340 1.72 1.39 $22.30 $46,380
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 4,190 3.47 2.81 $15.23 $31,680
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,570 2.17 1.75 $29.48 $61,310
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 3,480 2.55 2.07 $19.71 $41,000
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 3,330 1.81 1.47 $27.72 $57,670
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,180 1.28 1.03 $17.83 $37,080
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,920 1.12 0.90 $16.49 $34,290


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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)
Kingston, NY 250 4.25 3.44 $15.84 $32,940
Urban Honolulu, HI 1,910 4.15 3.36 $21.59 $44,900
Pocatello, ID 120 3.66 2.96 $16.49 $34,290
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 190 3.65 2.95 $16.65 $34,630
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 4,190 3.47 2.81 $15.23 $31,680
Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division 230 3.41 2.76 $20.74 $43,140
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 22,670 3.39 2.74 $28.08 $58,400
Flint, MI 430 3.11 2.52 $14.03 $29,180
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 390 3.10 2.51 $23.17 $48,180
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 2,700 2.81 2.27 $15.43 $32,090


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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)
Fairbanks, AK 50 1.36 1.10 $31.13 $64,750
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,080 0.99 0.80 $29.90 $62,190
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,570 2.17 1.75 $29.48 $61,310
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 22,670 3.39 2.74 $28.08 $58,400
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 3,330 1.81 1.47 $27.72 $57,670
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 6,500 1.77 1.44 $27.26 $56,710
Madison, WI 370 0.97 0.78 $25.72 $53,500
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,670 1.28 1.04 $25.49 $53,030
Trenton, NJ (8) (8) (8) $24.83 $51,640
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 460 0.87 0.71 $24.82 $51,630

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 470 1.70 1.37 $14.21 $29,560
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 380 1.69 1.37 $20.94 $43,550
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 350 3.25 2.63 $18.63 $38,760
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 280 1.21 0.98 $13.88 $28,870
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 210 1.90 1.54 $13.59 $28,260

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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 350 3.25 2.63 $18.63 $38,760
Northwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 160 3.18 2.57 $20.65 $42,950
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 200 2.39 1.93 $12.99 $27,020
East Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 2.30 1.87 $14.96 $31,120
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 1.90 1.54 (8) (8)

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.27 $56,730
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.06 $43,800
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 380 1.69 1.37 $20.94 $43,550
Northwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 160 3.18 2.57 $20.65 $42,950
Northwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.86 0.69 $20.37 $42,370


About May 2017 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018