What does a Bus Driver II do?

Bus driver's are a group of skilled driver's in the transportation industry. Bus driver's can have a wide range of employers. They can be employed or contracted by schools, car rental companies, airports, malls, municipalities, and many many others. The primary role of a Bus Drive is to is transport people and cargo from one place to another. Often Bus driver's are assigned routes to follow daily. Depending on the size and location, Bus driver's are required to obtain various licensing and certifications.

While there are no education requirements for being a Bus Driver, most employers will require a High School Diploma. As well as a valid driver's license, there are additional classifications of licensing needed depending on the weight and type of vehicle. Smaller buses only require a class C driver's License. To drive full sizes buses, one will need to obtain a CDL (Commercial driver's License). Many of the larger employers will offer a contingent contract to help a candidate secure their CDL. A good driving record and road safety skills are needed to ensure success in this field.

What responsibilities are common for Bus Driver II jobs?
  • Perform beginning-shift vehicle inspections before departure
  • Complete bus route on schedule while stopping at all stops
  • Assist the disabled and elderly with embarking and disembarking
  • Help with stowing luggage and bicycles
  • Safely transport goods and passengers
  • Report all mechanical issues to service manager immediately
  • Obey all traffic laws
  • Maintain a clean and sanitary bus at all times
What are the typical qualifications for Bus Driver II jobs?
  • Some College (preferred)
  • 6+ years driving on the road
  • A valid driver's License
  • A valid CDL (preferred)
  • Air Brake certification (preferred)
  • Less than 3 points on your license
  • Able to occasionally lift 50 lbs
  • 20/20 vision with or without glasses or contacts
  • Willingness to submit to random drug screening
Education--
Work/Life Balance
3.0 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Bus Driver II make?

Confident
$59,039 /yr
Total Pay
$39,901
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$19,138
 /yr

Additional Pay

$59,039

 / yr
$32K$369K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Bus Driver II Career Path

Learn how to become a Bus Driver II, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Bus Driver II
$59,039/yr
L3
Bus Driver III
$55,233/yr
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
11%
2 - 4
14%
5 - 7
0%
8+
75%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Bus Driver II Insights

Read what Bus Driver II professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
University of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia
Student Bus Operator
Jun 6, 2022

“Training to receive my CDL was very well run and I was paid for this time.”

SP+SP+
Shuttle Bus Driver
Nov 25, 2020

“It can be a very fun place to work and was for me at first.”

Sparksman TransportationSparksman Transportation
Bus Driver
Jan 28, 2021

“In the beginning it was great I thought i was getting along well with management.”

Spring Branch Independent School DistrictSpring Branch Independent School District
Bus Driver
May 21, 2021

“Hours are strenous and pay is not the best.”

Arriva UK BusArriva UK Bus
Bus Driver
Sep 22, 2021

“Good and helpful duty manager.”

Employment OptionsEmployment Options
Bus Monitor
Mar 31, 2021

“I have worked on and off in different positions at Employment Options and I really enjoyed my time there.”

SamTransSamTrans
Commercial Class B Driver
Feb 16, 2022

“The benefit package is great but not as great as the above”

Kal TireKal Tire
Service Truck/Bus Drivers
Feb 20, 2020

“Your life will be nothing but work and terrible pay”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Bus Driver II

When working as a Bus Driver II, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CDL, English Language, Schedules, First Aid, and CPR.

The most similar professions to Bus Driver II are:
  • Delivery Driver
  • Driver
  • Truck Driver
  • Courier

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