Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

53-3022 Bus Drivers, School

Transport students or special clients, such as the elderly or persons with disabilities. Ensure adherence to safety rules. May assist passengers in boarding or exiting.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
467,840 1.3 % $11.05 $22,990 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.20 $7.75 $10.86 $13.65 $16.56
Annual Wage (2) $12,890 $16,120 $22,580 $28,380 $34,440

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Elementary and secondary schools 277,250 $10.87 $22,610 1 16
School and employee bus transportation 129,840 $11.75 $24,440 2 5
Local government (OES designation) 20,870 $11.11 $23,110 3 12
Other ground passenger transportation 7,650 $10.08 $20,970 4 20
Individual and family services 7,290 $8.76 $18,220 5 41

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Warehousing and storage (6) $14.40 $29,950 (6) 1
Automobile dealers 30 $13.87 $28,850 37 2
Scenic and sightseeing transportation, land (6) $12.69 $26,380 (6) 3
Urban transit systems 810 $12.37 $25,740 12 4
School and employee bus transportation 129,840 $11.75 $24,440 2 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Mississippi 7,520 $7.65 $15,910 0.693% 633
North Dakota 1,990 $12.27 $25,520 0.634% 350
Montana 2,490 $12.05 $25,070 0.630% 392
West Virginia 3,810 $9.78 $20,340 0.559% 521
New York 43,920 $12.98 $26,990 0.532% 576

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia (6) $14.62 $30,420 (6) 340
Washington 9,270 $14.29 $29,720 0.362% 539
Nevada 2,480 $14.13 $29,390 0.233% 409
Iowa 7,100 $13.37 $27,820 0.502% 423
Michigan 16,570 $13.11 $27,270 0.382% 545

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Glens Falls, NY MSA 540 $13.87 $28,840 1.080%
Fitchburg-Leominster, MA PMSA 530 $13.22 $27,500 1.012%
Utica-Rome, NY MSA 1,210 $13.09 $27,220 0.968%
Waterbury, CT PMSA 810 $11.12 $23,130 0.965%
Lynchburg, VA MSA 830 $8.47 $17,610 0.895%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 510 $16.06 $33,400 0.255%
Rochester, MN MSA 300 $15.64 $32,520 0.307%
San Jose, CA PMSA 1,050 $15.32 $31,870 0.120%
Bremerton, WA PMSA 400 $15.00 $31,190 0.543%
Bellingham, WA MSA 360 $14.88 $30,940 0.527%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 mean 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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