What does a School Bus Driver do?

As a school bus driver, you are responsible for bringing children to and from school, ensuring timely pick-up and safe drop-off in the process. Bus routes may be in highly-populated, high-traffic urban areas; on the other end of the spectrum, routes may be in very rural areas with poor road conditions. In any area, driver's may provide transportation for events, including field trips, during and outside of school hours, or for private groups. While you are on the road, you are responsible for maintaining a safe environment for everyone inside the bus.

Training for school bus driver's includes completing specialized courses and obtaining the required driver's license. This usually involves passing theoretical and practical exams. You must also keep a clean driving record, provide a police record check and pass drug and alcohol tests. Apart from driving, integral skills to have include patience, attentiveness to your environment and effective decision-making.

  • transport students to and from school and special events
  • adhere to an assigned schedule
  • arrive at pick-up and drop-off points in a timely manner
  • ensure the safety of all bus passengers
  • complete maintenance records and incident reports
  • maintain a high standard of cleanliness inside the bus
  • conduct daily inspections of the vehicle prior to operation
  • recognize and report any required bus maintenance
  • completion of a government-certified driver training program
  • professional driver's licence with school bus endorsement
  • 3+ years professional bus driving experience
  • 1+ year working with children
  • clean five-year driving abstract and no at-fault accidents within the last five years
  • familiarity with the assigned driving zone
  • strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • clear police record check
  • valid first aid certificate

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
3%
2 - 4
3%
5 - 7
0%
8+
94%

Common Skill Sets

VERBAL Communication
Outstanding Communication
Load Unload
English Language
Non CDL
Evacuation
CDL
Schedules

School Bus Driver Seniority Levels

L1
School Bus Driver Trainee
$34,926/yr
L2
Delivery Driver
24% made the transition
Bus Driver
42% made the transition
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School Bus Driver Salaries

Average Base Pay

$34,917 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$24K
Median: $35K
$51K
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