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School Bus Driver Job Description, Career as a School Bus Driver, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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Salary Median—$11.18 per hour

Employment Outlook Good

Definition and Nature of the Work

School bus drivers transport students to and from school and related events. In the morning, they pick students up at designated locations, such as private homes or street corners, and drop them off at school. In the afternoon, they drive back to the school, wait for students to board, and drive them back to the same designated locations. Drivers usually take the same routes every day.

Drivers also transport students and faculty on field trips and to extracurricular performances or sporting events. These trips may take place on weekends or at night.

Because the physical safety of students is paramount, drivers must be trustworthy and reliable and have excellent driving records. They must be alert in heavy traffic or bad weather and exercise great caution when children are getting on or off the bus. In some instances, they may have to maintain order and discipline unruly students, so they must know the school system's rules for student conduct. Sometimes they must prevent unauthorized persons from getting on their buses.

Education and Training Requirements

School bus drivers should have high school diplomas or the equivalent and good driving records. They must pass physical examinations, drug and alcohol screenings, and criminal background checks.

By federal regulation, school bus drivers are required to hold commercial driver's licenses, which require written exams and driving tests. They must also get "special endorsements" for their licenses, which require written exams and skills tests on the type of bus they will drive.

Drivers also receive one to four weeks of classroom training and driving instruction. Classroom work covers safe-driving practices; first aid; emergency procedures; state and local laws and regulations; school district policies; driver-student relations; and the special needs of disabled and emotionally troubled students.

Getting the Job

Job seekers can apply directly to school districts; openings are usually listed on their Web sites. Some school districts hire companies to drive school buses, so job seekers can apply directly to those businesses. Newspaper classified ads and Internet job sites may provide employment leads.

Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

Experienced school bus drivers can apply for preferable routes or supervisory positions. Others become drivers for the public transportation system or for charter bus companies.

Employment of school bus drivers is expected to increase as fast as the average for all jobs through 2014. Growing suburban areas, in particular, need dependable drivers.

Working Conditions

Drivers work part time—many are on the road fewer than twenty hours per week—and only when school is in session. Some volunteer to drive buses for field trips or extracurricular activities so they can work more hours.

Driving can be stressful in bad weather or heavy traffic. While they may have to deal with unruly students at times, most drivers enjoy the interaction with children and take their responsibilities very seriously.

Earnings and Benefits

In 2004 the median wage for school bus drivers was $11.18 per hour. Experienced drivers earned more than $16.81 per hour.

Where to Go for More Information

National Association for Pupil Transportation
1840 Western Ave.
Albany, NY 12203
(800) 989-6278
http://www.napt.org

National School Transportation Association
113 S. West St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 684-3200
http://www.yellowbuses.org

Benefits vary by school district, but most receive health insurance, paid sick days, and retirement plans. They do not get vacation pay during the summer months when they are not working.

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over 7 years ago

jeez junebug, why are you driving a bus for them then? surely you can find anything better than that. Thats in- humane!!

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about 4 years ago

iam light and haveybus driver lic no 3 5 6 exp 7year passenger transport pls my cel no 0558217709

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over 5 years ago

i want to work for montgomery county public school exellent driver record and out stand customer services thank you

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over 5 years ago

i want have the opportunity to work driver school bus for the children and i am be so happy to enjoin in the team exellent driver licence record

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almost 6 years ago

Iam busdriver ineed job my exprens one yer six mont sobra super markit in dubi drving six month mohd Anwer passenger transport plase contict mobil nomber 0509363317

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about 6 years ago

sir mujhe nokri chahiye pls app mujhe nokri de do.

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almost 8 years ago

Here at Luck Public School Wisconsin our drivers get paid very well, $31.00 an hour but our routes are so short.

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about 4 years ago


I am a Cameroonian of age 29 years,speaks English and have worked as a Highway Transporter and also work with a Nursery and Prmary school as pupils Bus driver.
I am a holder of a Category *D* Drivers License obtain from the Goverment Confirmatary Drivers Test,an Ordinary Level Certificate obtain from the Cameroon General Certificate of Education Board and also a computer literate.
Accept my best regards as I patiently waits for your response.

Yours Sincerely,
Mohammed Isa Danjuma

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over 5 years ago

i want to enjoin in the team of montgomery county public school i have exellet driver record and very goood custumer services ability and i have expirience driving in DC AND MD from my last job was kraft food company

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over 5 years ago

i have exellent driver records and exellents custumer services i worked for GIANT FOOOD as HBC MGR for 10 years exellent job and control the beauty and gm dept and also i worked for KRAFT FOOOD as merchandises diffrents stores and expirience driving in DC AREA and MD i want to have the opprtunity to enjoin in the team of montgomery county public school

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over 5 years ago

i have exellent driver records and exellents custumer services i worked for GIANT FOOOD as HBC MGR for 10 years exellent job and control the beauty and gm dept and also i worked for KRAFT FOOOD as merchandises diffrents stores and expirience driving in DC AREA and MD i want to have the opprtunity to enjoin in the team of montgomery county public school

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over 5 years ago

i want to work for montgomery county public school i have expirence driving in DC and MD exellent records and exelllent custemer services i have MGR expirience i worked for GIANT FOOD COMPANY and KRAFT FOOD AS A MERCHANDISES DIFERRENTS STORE AND EXPERIENCE doing inventory for thoses stores i have exellent records and my number is 240 6696346

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over 5 years ago

i want to have to opportunity to enjoin in the team exellet record and i have experience drive in MD AND DC thank you

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over 5 years ago

i am heavy buss driver since last 6 years please select me

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over 5 years ago

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almost 7 years ago

first student(bus drivers) starts at $14.00 per hour and is an international company(actually firstgroup)also owns greyhound.

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almost 8 years ago

Your pay scale is very accurate for our area. I drive a bus in the suburbs of Cincinnati. Our drivers work 5-8 hours a day.

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about 8 years ago

In Henderson County North Carolina the average pay for school bus drivers is like 8 something an hour. We have NO benefits, we can't sign up for unemployement in the summer. Our 20 year drivers might be making 12.00 an hour. We all got a good laugh when we saw your pay scale (and that was for 2004). Please contact our county about your pay scale. Thank you, June

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almost 5 years ago

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NAME : MUSTAFA
Father,s Name : Fazal Qadir
Nationality : pakistani
Date of Birth : 01/01/1985
Marital Status : N W Agency
Religion : Unmarried
Passport Details:
passport No. : AC 0872172
place of Issue : pakistan
Date of Issue : 24/11/2010
Date of Expiry : 23/11/2015
Contact No. : Mobile: +971-509248748
E-mail:- mustafa_dpk@yahoo.com
Educational Qualification * Metric (S.S.C. passed)
Driving License : Holding the U.A.E. Heavy driving license
place of issue : Abu Dhabi
License No.921859
Date of issue : 28/02/2010
Date of Expiry : 28/02/2020
Work Experience : Have been working as a truck driver with
jabel Al Taif General Transport in Abu Dhabi
U.A.E. since 02/11/2011 to till now.
Worked as a private driver with in Abu Dhabi
U.A.E. for 1 years.
Worked as a Truck driver & Bus driver in
pakistan 4 years .
Spoken Languages : Arabic, English, Urdu,Hindi,& pashto.