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What does a Bus Driver 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.

  • 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
  • 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

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
16%
2 - 4
17%
5 - 7
1%
8+
66%

Common Skill Sets

CDL
CPR First Aid
CPR Certified
English Language
Excellent Communication
Excellent Customer Service
Load Unload
GOOD Communication

Bus Driver Salaries

Average Base Pay

$29,814 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$21K
Median: $30K
$43K
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Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Bus Driver Jobs