Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
158,050 2.2 % $18.95 $39,410 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.28 $13.03 $18.02 $23.96 $29.60
Annual Wage (2) $21,390 $27,090 $37,470 $49,840 $61,570


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) 75,390 1.42 $22.09 $45,960
Urban Transit Systems 26,660 60.14 $17.36 $36,100
Charter Bus Industry 17,960 58.83 $14.27 $29,670
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 9,180 53.56 $17.14 $35,650
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 8,790 9.30 $14.18 $29,490

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Urban Transit Systems 26,660 60.14 $17.36 $36,100
Charter Bus Industry 17,960 58.83 $14.27 $29,670
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 9,180 53.56 $17.14 $35,650
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 3,070 24.03 $14.27 $29,680
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 8,790 9.30 $14.18 $29,490

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 2,140 0.10 $30.55 $63,550
Spectator Sports 50 0.03 $23.02 $47,890
Local Government (OES Designation) 75,390 1.42 $22.09 $45,960
Performing Arts Companies 70 0.06 $22.09 $45,950
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 100 0.03 $21.21 $44,110


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 24,120 1.60 1.36 $20.16 $41,940
New York 18,900 2.14 1.83 $23.90 $49,720
Texas 11,070 0.99 0.84 $16.74 $34,810
Florida 9,090 1.19 1.01 $15.69 $32,630
Illinois 7,290 1.26 1.08 $24.02 $49,950




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 2,440 3.98 3.41 $21.63 $45,000
Washington 6,670 2.30 1.97 $22.99 $47,820
Nevada 2,640 2.22 1.90 $12.97 $26,980
New York 18,900 2.14 1.83 $23.90 $49,720
Vermont 550 1.82 1.56 $19.09 $39,710




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 7,290 1.26 1.08 $24.02 $49,950
New York 18,900 2.14 1.83 $23.90 $49,720
Massachusetts 4,470 1.34 1.15 $23.17 $48,200
Washington 6,670 2.30 1.97 $22.99 $47,820
Ohio 6,180 1.19 1.02 $21.65 $45,040





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 16,530 3.07 2.62 $24.54 $51,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,750 2.16 1.84 $19.05 $39,610
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,280 1.41 1.20 $27.07 $56,300
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,360 1.84 1.57 $19.48 $40,510
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,010 2.69 2.30 $23.93 $49,780
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,030 1.69 1.44 $25.68 $53,410
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,780 0.98 0.84 $18.16 $37,770
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 2,600 2.98 2.55 $12.95 $26,930
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,400 1.00 0.86 $17.15 $35,680
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 2,380 1.30 1.11 $14.36 $29,870




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)
Honolulu, HI 2,110 4.71 4.02 $22.25 $46,270
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 270 3.36 2.87 $23.22 $48,290
Eugene-Springfield, OR 470 3.35 2.86 $20.80 $43,270
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 16,530 3.07 2.62 $24.54 $51,050
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 2,600 2.98 2.55 $12.95 $26,930
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 310 2.90 2.48 $15.46 $32,160
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 810 2.85 2.44 $16.94 $35,230
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,010 2.69 2.30 $23.93 $49,780
Modesto, CA 430 2.67 2.28 $16.58 $34,480
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 2,030 2.22 1.90 $16.53 $34,380




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)
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 180 2.02 1.73 $27.61 $57,420
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,280 1.41 1.20 $27.07 $56,300
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,270 1.31 1.12 $26.67 $55,480
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,030 1.69 1.44 $25.68 $53,410
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 450 1.68 1.43 $25.34 $52,720
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,830 1.79 1.53 $25.14 $52,290
Rochester, NY (8) (8) (8) $24.58 $51,120
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 16,530 3.07 2.62 $24.54 $51,050
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,010 2.69 2.30 $23.93 $49,780
Anchorage, AK 130 0.73 0.62 $23.82 $49,550

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 560 1.88 1.61 $14.20 $29,540
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 360 4.64 3.97 $19.14 $39,820
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 330 2.01 1.72 $17.71 $36,840
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 310 1.36 1.16 $12.17 $25,310
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 300 1.91 1.63 $12.05 $25,070

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 240 6.90 5.90 $18.75 $39,010
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 360 4.64 3.97 $19.14 $39,820
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 200 4.09 3.49 $19.20 $39,950
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 290 3.35 2.86 $12.61 $26,240
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 2.71 2.31 $22.20 $46,170

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 (8) (8) (8) $23.14 $48,120
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 2.71 2.31 $22.20 $46,170
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.97 0.83 $22.15 $46,080
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 240 1.45 1.24 $20.26 $42,150
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 1.63 1.39 $19.71 $40,990


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015