What does a School Bus Driver do?

As a school bus driver, you are responsible for bringing children to and from school, ensuring timely pick-up and safe drop-off in the process. Bus routes may be in highly-populated, high-traffic urban areas; on the other end of the spectrum, routes may be in very rural areas with poor road conditions. In any area, driver's may provide transportation for events, including field trips, during and outside of school hours, or for private groups. While you are on the road, you are responsible for maintaining a safe environment for everyone inside the bus.

Training for school bus driver's includes completing specialized courses and obtaining the required driver's license. This usually involves passing theoretical and practical exams. You must also keep a clean driving record, provide a police record check and pass drug and alcohol tests. Apart from driving, integral skills to have include patience, attentiveness to your environment and effective decision-making.

  • transport students to and from school and special events
  • adhere to an assigned schedule
  • arrive at pick-up and drop-off points in a timely manner
  • ensure the safety of all bus passengers
  • complete maintenance records and incident reports
  • maintain a high standard of cleanliness inside the bus
  • conduct daily inspections of the vehicle prior to operation
  • recognize and report any required bus maintenance
  • completion of a government-certified driver training program
  • professional driver's licence with school bus endorsement
  • 3+ years professional bus driving experience
  • 1+ year working with children
  • clean five-year driving abstract and no at-fault accidents within the last five years
  • familiarity with the assigned driving zone
  • strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • clear police record check
  • valid first aid certificate
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Avg. Experience8+ years

School Bus Driver Salaries

Average Base Pay

£43,989 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£8K
Median: £44K
£248K
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School Bus Driver Career Path

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School Bus Driver Trainee
£43,973/yr
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First StudentFirst Student
School Bus Driver
18 Oct 2021

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Dexter Community SchoolsDexter Community Schools
School Bus Driver
18 Nov 2020

“I stayed for 3 years mainly because its a 5 day a week job and all holidays off.”

Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky)Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky)
School Bus Driver
21 Jan 2021

“Starting pay rate is excellent”

Dougherty County School SystemDougherty County School System
School Bus Driver
18 Dec 2020

“Great benefit the pay is just okay but you can make as much money as you want.”

VoyagoVoyago
School Bus Driver
25 Nov 2021

“You have to work two jobs to make enough money to live a simple life.”

Northside Independent School DistrictNorthside Independent School District
School Bus Driver
2 Feb 2021

“School calendar holidays is great”

North Okanagan-Shuswap School District No.83North Okanagan-Shuswap School District No.83
School Bus Driver
5 Nov 2020

“the training is the best”

Total Transportation (NY)Total Transportation (NY)
School Bus Driver
30 Sep 2020

“It is a good enviroment to work”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a school bus driver

When working as a school bus driver, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are VERBAL Communication, Outstanding Communication, Load Unload, English Language and Non CDL.

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