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School Bus Drivers - Wages and Trends

Wages vary by school district, bus size, and the driver's level of experience.

In most occupations, only workers who work full time receive benefits. This is not true for school bus drivers. Most school bus drivers work part time, but almost all of them receive benefits. Most receive sick leave and health insurance. Some employers also provide a retirement plan. However, school bus drivers usually do not receive vacation pay, because they do not work when schools are closed.

Wages vary by school district, bus size, and the driver's level of experience.

In most occupations, only workers who work full time receive benefits. This is not true for school bus drivers. Most school bus drivers work part time, but almost all of them receive benefits. Most receive sick leave and health insurance. Some employers also provide a retirement plan. However, school bus drivers usually do not receive vacation pay, because they do not work when schools are closed.

Bus drivers, school or special client (SOC 53-3022)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $10.92 $13.84 $17.32
Yearly $22,716 $28,783 $36,031
    Bloomington Area Hourly $10.42 $13.98 $17.17
Yearly $21,675 $29,076 $35,705
    Champaign Area Hourly $10.89 $12.69 $14.12
Yearly $22,657 $26,403 $29,380
    Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area Hourly $9.32 $10.92 $14.49
Yearly $19,383 $22,720 $30,137
    Cook County Hourly $11.99 $14.25 $17.02
Yearly $24,938 $29,644 $35,411
    Decatur Area Hourly $9.04 $11.68 $16.57
Yearly $18,802 $24,286 $34,458
    DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $10.81 $16.71 $25.89
Yearly $22,493 $34,758 $53,849
    Du Page County Hourly $12.66 $14.34 $17.42
Yearly $26,329 $29,829 $36,229
    Edwardsville Area Hourly $8.83 $9.79 $16.53
Yearly $18,364 $20,370 $34,391
    Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area Hourly $8.98 $10.85 $19.28
Yearly $18,674 $22,561 $40,106
    Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area Hourly $11.47 $13.32 $14.92
Yearly $23,858 $27,708 $31,043
    Lake County Hourly $12.44 $17.26 $21.13
Yearly $25,866 $35,901 $43,959
    McHenry County Hourly $8.82 $9.32 $12.50
Yearly $18,343 $19,379 $25,990
    Mt. Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area Hourly $9.85 $11.17 $14.42
Yearly $20,495 $23,237 $29,986
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $9.40 $12.25 $14.49
Yearly $19,547 $25,481 $30,133
    Peoria Area Hourly $9.21 $12.24 $14.52
Yearly $19,162 $25,450 $30,204
    Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area Hourly $9.24 $12.02 $16.52
Yearly $19,228 $24,992 $34,369
    Rock Island-Moline Area Hourly $9.25 $12.63 $18.76
Yearly $19,232 $26,263 $39,021
    Rockford Area Hourly $11.70 $16.35 $19.18
Yearly $24,346 $34,015 $39,898
    Shawnee National Forest Area Hourly $8.76 $9.14 $11.70
Yearly $18,218 $19,004 $24,332
    Springfield Area Hourly $9.51 $15.34 $19.67
Yearly $19,772 $31,915 $40,920
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $11.52 $13.69 $16.14
Yearly $23,960 $28,486 $33,576
    Will County Hourly $12.28 $13.47 $14.66
Yearly $25,542 $28,014 $30,486
United States Hourly $10.11 $13.50 $17.15
Yearly $21,020 $28,080 $35,670
The minimum wage in Illinois is $8.25 per hour. For some occupations the reported wages are less than this amount. This is because the wage information was collected before the minimum wage was raised to its current rate.


    

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