How much does a School Bus Driver make hourly in the United States? The average hourly wage for a School Bus Driver in the United States is $19 as of June 27, 2024, but the range typically falls between $15 and $23. Hourly rate can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target. 

School Bus Driver Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Pay Rate Location Last Updated
10th Percentile School Bus Driver Salary $12 US June 27, 2024
25th Percentile School Bus Driver Salary $15 US June 27, 2024
50th Percentile School Bus Driver Salary $19 US June 27, 2024
75th Percentile School Bus Driver Salary $23 US June 27, 2024
90th Percentile School Bus Driver Salary $26 US June 27, 2024
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What skills does a School Bus Driver need?

Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.

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Commitment: An agreement or pledge to do something in the future a commitment to improve conditions at the prison especially : an engagement to assume a financial obligation at a future date.

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CPR: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) combines rescue breathing (mouth-to-mouth) and chest compressions to temporarily pump enough blood to the brain until specialized treatment is available.

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Health Insurance: Health insurance is a type of insurance coverage that pays for health and medical expenses. Health insurance covers some or all of the costs of routine care, emergency care, and treatment for chronic illnesses.

Commitment 7.75%
CPR 1.57%
Health Insurance 0.91%
Others 89.77%
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Job Description for School Bus Driver

School Bus Driver drives a bus intended for school activities. Transports students to and from school and designated locations. Being a School Bus Driver may require a high school diploma or its equivalent. Typically reports to a supervisor. Additionally, School Bus Driver requires a valid driver's license. The School Bus Driver possesses a moderate understanding of general aspects of the job. Works under the close direction of senior personnel in the functional area. May require 0-1 year of general work experience. (Copyright 2024 Salary.com)... View full job description

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  • Job Description. First for a reason. First Student is the largest school transportation provider in North America with more than a century of experience pr...
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  • Job Description. First for a reason. At First Student, we are a family of 60,000+ employees who take pride in safely transporting more than 5 million stude...
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  • Job Description. First for a reason. At First Student, we are a family of 60,000+ employees who take pride in safely transporting more than 5 million stude...
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  • Job Description. First for a reason. First Student is the largest school transportation provider in North America with more than a century of experience pr...
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  • Job Description. First for a reason. First Student is the largest school transportation provider in North America with more than a century of experience pr...
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Career Path for School Bus Driver

A career path is a sequence of jobs that leads to your short- and long-term career goals. Some follow a linear career path within one field, while others change fields periodically to achieve career or personal goals.

For School Bus Driver, the first career path typically progresses to Assisted Living Resident Driver/Escort.

The second career path typically starts with a Limousine Chauffeur II position, and then progresses to Limousine Chauffeur III.

The third career path typically progresses to Vehicle Delivery Driver.

Additionally, the fourth career path typically progresses to Shuttle Driver II.

Those that have already made the climb...
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School Bus Driver salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of School Bus Driver, the highest School Bus Driver salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the School Bus Driver salary is 25.0% above. The lowest School Bus Driver salary is in Miami, FL, where the School Bus Driver salary is 3.5% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
-3.5%
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 4.9%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.1%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 16.8%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average
-1.3%

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