Bus Drivers


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Bus Drivers

Bus Drivers - Wages & Trends

Pay varies with route, the service area, and the type of employer. In general, the larger the city, the more bus drivers are paid. Wages also change with the number of hours worked and miles driven.

Benefits vary by the type of route driven. Most intercity and local bus drivers receive health and life insurance, sick leave, and free bus rides. Full-time drivers may receive paid vacations. Local bus drivers may also receive a retirement plan and dental insurance. Self-employed bus drivers must provide their own insurance.

Bus drivers, transit and intercity (SOC 53-3052)
Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $17.51 $21.74 $31.00
Yearly $36,425 $45,210 $64,490
    Champaign Area Hourly $17.15 $19.23 $33.19
Yearly $35,678 $39,993 $69,032
    Cook County Hourly $18.60 $25.04 $35.05
Yearly $38,683 $52,090 $72,903
    Du Page County Hourly $16.47 $17.98 $19.48
Yearly $34,258 $37,389 $40,520
    Edwardsville Area Hourly $15.93 $18.49 $23.35
Yearly $33,131 $38,462 $48,566
    Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area Hourly $14.52 $16.82 $18.70
Yearly $30,195 $34,985 $38,893
    Lake County Hourly $17.97 $20.27 $23.06
Yearly $37,382 $42,162 $47,965
    Mt. Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area Hourly $16.44 $20.76 $25.00
Yearly $34,196 $43,183 $52,000
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly (1) (1) (1)
    Rockford Area Hourly $17.99 $21.45 $25.44
Yearly $37,422 $44,620 $52,907
    Shawnee National Forest Area Hourly $13.36 $14.72 $17.52
Yearly $27,795 $30,616 $36,451
    Springfield Area Hourly $13.88 $17.23 $27.31
Yearly $28,867 $35,843 $56,807
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $17.98 $21.33 $24.49
Yearly $37,401 $44,358 $50,944
United States Hourly $16.90 $22.07 $29.15
Yearly $35,160 $45,900 $60,630
(1) Wage estimate isn't available.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.