drivers transport people between various places—including work, school, and shopping
centers—and across state or national borders. Some drive regular routes, and
others transport passengers on chartered trips or sightseeing tours.
Bus drivers had a higher rate of work-related injuries and illnesses in 2016 than the national average. Most injuries to bus drivers are due to vehicle accidents.
Bus drivers must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). This can sometimes be earned during on-the-job training. Bus drivers must possess a clean driving record and often may be required to pass a background check. They also must meet physical, hearing and vision requirements. In addition, bus drivers typically need a high school diploma or the equivalent.
The median annual wage for bus drivers, school or special client was $31,060 in May 2017.
The median annual wage for bus drivers, transit and intercity was $40,780 in May 2017.
Overall employment of bus drivers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for bus drivers should be very good, as many drivers are expected to leave the occupation.