Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
174,110 2.4 % $21.47 $44,650 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.29 $15.32 $20.23 $27.25 $33.21
Annual Wage (2) $25,550 $31,870 $42,080 $56,680 $69,070


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) 79,710 1.45 $24.44 $50,840
Urban Transit Systems 29,820 61.47 $19.86 $41,310
Charter Bus Industry 16,970 57.69 $16.36 $34,020
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 11,060 61.85 $19.03 $39,580
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 10,370 9.85 $16.80 $34,940

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 11,060 61.85 $19.03 $39,580
Urban Transit Systems 29,820 61.47 $19.86 $41,310
Charter Bus Industry 16,970 57.69 $16.36 $34,020
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 3,490 24.37 $17.43 $36,260
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 10,370 9.85 $16.80 $34,940

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 120 0.09 $31.79 $66,120
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 6,750 0.31 $28.27 $58,800
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 79,710 1.45 $24.44 $50,840
Real Estate 170 0.01 $20.54 $42,720
Other Schools and Instruction (8) (8) $20.32 $42,260


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 27,730 1.63 1.36 $23.83 $49,560
New York 19,630 2.09 1.74 $28.95 $60,220
Florida 11,800 1.37 1.14 $16.02 $33,320
Texas 11,240 0.93 0.77 $18.75 $39,000
New Jersey 7,300 1.80 1.50 $23.54 $48,960




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 2,450 3.82 3.17 $21.18 $44,050
New York 19,630 2.09 1.74 $28.95 $60,220
Nevada 2,650 1.97 1.63 $17.85 $37,130
Maryland 5,200 1.94 1.61 $20.94 $43,560
New Jersey 7,300 1.80 1.50 $23.54 $48,960




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 19,630 2.09 1.74 $28.95 $60,220
Washington 5,290 1.62 1.35 $28.31 $58,890
Illinois 6,600 1.10 0.92 $27.44 $57,080
Alaska 370 1.18 0.98 $27.23 $56,630
Massachusetts 4,730 1.33 1.10 $26.78 $55,700





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 23,710 2.50 2.08 $28.36 $58,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 9,890 1.62 1.34 $22.12 $46,010
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 8,400 3.47 2.89 $27.71 $57,640
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 5,490 1.18 0.98 $28.52 $59,320
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,270 1.68 1.40 $22.41 $46,620
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 4,230 1.63 1.36 $18.50 $38,490
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 3,860 3.07 2.55 $14.45 $30,050
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,730 1.35 1.12 $27.32 $56,820
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,520 0.99 0.82 $19.73 $41,040
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 3,150 1.59 1.32 $31.21 $64,910




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 2,130 4.56 3.79 $21.76 $45,270
Pocatello, ID 130 3.76 3.12 $17.14 $35,640
Corpus Christi, TX 700 3.75 3.11 $16.48 $34,290
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 8,400 3.47 2.89 $27.71 $57,640
Bloomington, IN 230 3.34 2.77 $16.50 $34,320
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 170 3.17 2.64 $17.43 $36,250
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 3,860 3.07 2.55 $14.45 $30,050
Ames, IA 130 2.95 2.45 $18.18 $37,810
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 250 2.77 2.30 $22.39 $46,570
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 2,630 2.66 2.21 $17.87 $37,180