Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
162,840 2.2 % $18.50 $38,470 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.25 $13.02 $17.59 $23.42 $28.60
Annual Wage (2) $21,320 $27,070 $36,600 $48,720 $59,480


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 (OES Designation) 77,030 1.41 $21.71 $45,160
Urban Transit Systems 24,470 58.28 $16.85 $35,050
Charter Bus Industry 18,550 61.04 $14.12 $29,360
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 10,100 11.42 $14.09 $29,310
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 9,890 54.55 $16.63 $34,580

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Charter Bus Industry 18,550 61.04 $14.12 $29,360
Urban Transit Systems 24,470 58.28 $16.85 $35,050
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 9,890 54.55 $16.63 $34,580
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 3,970 35.05 $13.98 $29,070
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 10,100 11.42 $14.09 $29,310

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports 30 0.03 $23.65 $49,200
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 60 0.13 $22.97 $47,780
State Government (OES Designation) 4,120 0.19 $22.74 $47,310
Local Government (OES Designation) 77,030 1.41 $21.71 $45,160
Performing Arts Companies 140 0.12 $20.65 $42,940


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 22,630 1.58 1.27 $20.41 $42,460
New York 18,500 2.17 1.73 $23.41 $48,680
Illinois 11,430 2.03 1.62 $21.33 $44,370
Texas 9,550 0.90 0.72 $16.54 $34,400
Florida 9,440 1.30 1.04 $14.84 $30,860




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 2,580 4.39 3.51 $20.63 $42,910
Washington 6,990 2.53 2.02 $23.40 $48,670
Vermont 670 2.27 1.82 $16.40 $34,110
New Jersey 8,620 2.27 1.82 $20.15 $41,910
New York 18,500 2.17 1.73 $23.41 $48,680




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 18,500 2.17 1.73 $23.41 $48,680
Washington 6,990 2.53 2.02 $23.40 $48,670
Illinois 11,430 2.03 1.62 $21.33 $44,370
Hawaii 2,580 4.39 3.51 $20.63 $42,910
California 22,630 1.58 1.27 $20.41 $42,460





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 18,660 3.62 2.90 $24.03 $49,980
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 8,620 2.37 1.89 $22.39 $46,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,390 2.17 1.73 $19.47 $40,500
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,310 3.06 2.45 $24.10 $50,130
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 3,470 3.43 2.74 $11.79 $24,520
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,330 1.42 1.14 $19.58 $40,730
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,080 3.08 2.47 $23.94 $49,800
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,890 1.28 1.02 $15.91 $33,100
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 2,520 2.05 1.64 $15.23 $31,680
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,500 1.19 0.96 $17.21 $35,790




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)
Auburn-Opelika, AL 280 5.78 4.63 $10.03 $20,870
Ames, IA 230 5.63 4.50 $14.53 $30,220
Honolulu, HI 2,090 4.83 3.86 $22.14 $46,050
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 310 3.92 3.14 $20.73 $43,110
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 18,660 3.62 2.90 $24.03 $49,980
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 3,470 3.43 2.74 $11.79 $24,520
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,080 3.08 2.47 $23.94 $49,800
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,310 3.06 2.45 $24.10 $50,130
Rochester, MN 290 2.90 2.32 $15.29 $31,810
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 2,260 2.76 2.21 $14.80 $30,780




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)
Olympia, WA 240 2.55 2.04 $25.70 $53,450
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,310 3.06 2.45 $24.10 $50,130
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 18,660 3.62 2.90 $24.03 $49,980
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,080 3.08 2.47 $23.94 $49,800
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 130 0.31 0.25 $23.12 $48,100
New Haven, CT 290 1.05 0.84 $23.02 $47,880
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.73 $47,270
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,970 2.03 1.63 $22.59 $46,980
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 940 1.15 0.92 $22.58 $46,960

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 510 1.78 1.42 $14.58 $30,320
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 490 3.17 2.53 $14.19 $29,510
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 410 2.56 2.04 $12.21 $25,390
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 330 3.25 2.60 $13.72 $28,550
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 300 4.04 3.24 $18.57 $38,620

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 200 5.67 4.53 $15.89 $33,050
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 300 4.04 3.24 $18.57 $38,620
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 330 3.25 2.60 $13.72 $28,550
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 490 3.17 2.53 $14.19 $29,510
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 410 2.56 2.04 $12.21 $25,390

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)
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 110 1.75 1.40 $19.72 $41,020
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.92 $39,350
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 300 4.04 3.24 $18.57 $38,620
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 130 1.81 1.45 $17.62 $36,650
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.55 0.44 $17.60 $36,620


About May 2012 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 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: December 3, 2013

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