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What Does it Take to Be a Transit and Intercity Bus Driver?

Position Description Drive bus or motor coach, including regular route operations, charters, and private carriage. May assist passengers with baggage. May collect fares or tickets.

Life As a Transit and Intercity Bus Driver

  • Make minor repairs to vehicle and change tires.
  • Regulate heating, lighting, and ventilating systems for passenger comfort.
  • Park vehicles at loading areas so that passengers can board.
  • Read maps to plan bus routes.
  • Assist passengers, such as elderly or disabled individuals, on and off bus, ensure they are seated properly, help carry baggage, and answer questions about bus schedules or routes.
  • Handle passenger emergencies or disruptions.

What Every Transit and Intercity Bus Driver Should Know

These are the skills Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers say are the most useful in their careers:

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Types of Transit and Intercity Bus Driver

  • Transit Bus Driver
  • Transit Operator
  • Charter Bus Driver
  • Delivery Driver
  • Public Transit Bus Driver

Job Demand for Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers

There were about 179,300 jobs for Transit and Intercity Bus Driver in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 16,100 new jobs for Transit and Intercity Bus Driver by 2026. The BLS estimates 24,000 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Transit and Intercity Bus Driver are Georgia, Nevada, and Wyoming. Watch out if you plan on working in New Jersey, Wisconsin, or Maryland. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Transit and Intercity Bus Driver Make?

The typical yearly salary for Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers is somewhere between $25,550 and $69,070.

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Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers who work in New York, Illinois, or Washington, make the highest salaries.

How much do Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $30,510
Alaska $56,630
Arizona $42,280
Arkansas $30,840
California $49,560
Colorado $38,570
Connecticut $47,270
Delaware $41,030
District of Columbia $38,270
Florida $33,320
Georgia $28,780
Hawaii $44,050
Idaho $30,890
Illinois $57,080
Indiana $37,530
Iowa $34,380
Kansas $31,330
Kentucky $33,910
Louisiana $35,310
Maine $39,010
Maryland $43,560
Massachusetts $55,700
Michigan $35,740
Minnesota $40,560
Mississippi $31,070
Missouri $37,130
Montana $37,260
Nebraska $39,960
Nevada $37,130
New Hampshire $38,960
New Jersey $48,960
New Mexico $29,730
New York $60,220
North Carolina $31,270
North Dakota $36,840
Ohio $41,000
Oklahoma $28,300
Oregon $48,020
Pennsylvania $36,550
Rhode Island $37,750
South Carolina $32,740
South Dakota $34,230
Tennessee $37,120
Texas $39,000
Utah $36,240
Vermont $41,490
Virginia $42,990
Washington $58,890
West Virginia $34,610
Wisconsin $46,010
Wyoming $36,160

What Tools & Technology do Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers may use on a daily basis:

  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft MapPoint
  • AOL MapQuest

Becoming a Transit and Intercity Bus Driver

Are there Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers education requirements?

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What work experience do I need to become a Transit and Intercity Bus Driver?

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Where Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers Are Employed

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The table below shows the approximate number of Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers employed by various industries.

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