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.

What responsibilities are common for School Bus Driver jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for School Bus Driver jobs?
  • 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
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a School Bus Driver make?

$40,893 /yr
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School Bus Driver Career Path

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First StudentFirst Student
School Bus Driver
Oct 18, 2021

“Not enough hour No benefit Not enough hour No benefit Not enough hour No benefitNot enough hour No benefit”

Dexter Community SchoolsDexter Community Schools
School Bus Driver
Nov 18, 2020

“I stayed for 3 years mainly because its a 5 day a week job and all holidays off.”

Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky)Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky)
School Bus Driver
Jan 21, 2021

“Starting pay rate is excellent”

Los Angeles USDLos Angeles USD
School Bus Driver
Mar 23, 2022

“Good pay and I make good money”

Dougherty County School SystemDougherty County School System
School Bus Driver
Dec 18, 2020

“Great benefit the pay is just okay but you can make as much money as you want.”

School Bus Driver
Nov 25, 2021

“You have to work two jobs to make enough money to live a simple life.”

Northside Independent School DistrictNorthside Independent School District
School Bus Driver
Feb 2, 2021

“School calendar holidays is great”

First StudentFirst Student
School Bus Driver
Mar 20, 2022

“Pay is not the best”

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When working as a School Bus Driver, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are VERBAL Communication, Outstanding Communication, Load Unload, English Language, and Non CDL.

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