Bus drivers

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Total Workforce
570k
Average Age
52.3
Average Salary
$29,362
Average Male Salary
$32,150
Average Female Salary
$26,096

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Bus drivers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Bus service & urban transit is the industry that employs the most Bus drivers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Bus drivers, by average wage, is Administration of economic programs & space research. Bus drivers are paid most in Colorado Springs City (South) & Security-Widefield PUMA, CO but are relatively concentrated in Rochester City (West) PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$29,362
AVERAGE SALARY
± $863

In 2017, Bus drivers earned an average of $29,362, $24,527 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Retail salespersons make somewhat more than Bus drivers while Print binding & finishing workers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Bus drivers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.362
WAGE GINI

In 2017, Bus drivers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.362, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Bus drivers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Bus drivers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Bus drivers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Bus drivers, by number of employees, are Bus service & urban transit, Elementary & secondary schools, and Services incidental to transportation.

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Industries by Share

570k
2017 Workforce
± 18,507
-4.02%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 4.73%

The number of people employed as Bus drivers has been declining at a rate of -4.02%, from 594,285 people in 2016 to 570,423 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Bus drivers employed by various industries. Bus service & urban transit employs the largest share of Bus drivers at  51.8%, followed by Elementary & secondary schools with 39.3% and Services incidental to transportation with 1.62%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Bus drivers in the US. The average age of male Bus drivers in the workforce is 54.4 and of female Bus drivers is 49.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Bus drivers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

308k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 13,604
263k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 12,574

53.9% of Bus drivers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Bus drivers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Bus drivers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

54.2% of Bus drivers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 27.3% of Bus drivers, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Bus drivers.

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Age by Gender

54.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.599
49.8
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.583

The median age of Bus drivers is 52.3, and Male employees are generally 4.6 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Bus drivers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Bus drivers is Business but a relatively high number of Bus drivers hold a major in Theology.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degree-majorss. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree-majors obtained.
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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Bus drivers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Bus drivers need many skills, but most especially Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Bus drivers need more than the average amount of Repairing, Equipment Maintenance, and Operation and Control.

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