How much do bus drivers get paid?

Bus drivers can be paid well above average to get people from A to B.

Here’s what you need to know about bus driver salaries.

Bus drivers can earn good salaries, especially in London


Bus drivers can earn good salaries, especially in LondonCredit: Alamy

How much do bus drivers get paid?

Bus driver starting salaries tend to be between £20,000 and £30,000 depending on experience and location.

According to Glassdoor, the average salary is £27,000 in London and £22,000 elsewhere.

If you’re already a qualified Passenger Car driver, Stagecoach says, you’ll start with a higher salary that reflects the years you’ve been on the journey.

And if you have five years working with another bus operator, you can join for the highest price with a Valid License.

You can also increase your salary by working overtime.

Metroline says they have their longest serving drivers ‘up to £45,000.

How do I become a bus driver?

You will need a full driver’s license, with at least one year of UK driving experience.

And you may need to be prepared to work with varying patterns of change, including weekends and bank holidays.

An aspiring bus driver will also have to have a PCV license.

For this you will have to take a course that can cost between £1,000 and £3,000 depending on whether you choose an agency or a PCV training school.

To make sure you get the right training for you, do your research thoroughly and compare likes with likes.

Applicants will also have to be aware that they have been careful on the road, as those with six or more points on their license may not be eligible.

A bus driver, Jodie Leigh Fox, 24 years old, has been a bus driver for 5 years and reveals what she really thinks about drunk customers, as well as the most vulgar comments she has received.

Jodie said: “People think it’s easy, but there’s a lot to think about when you become a bus driver – remember we have people’s lives in our hands.

“However, driving a bus is not much more complicated than driving a car.

“You have to be more careful, with the length and weight of a bus, as well as your responsibilities to your passengers.

“We have daily checks that have to be completed, checking everything to make sure the bus is working properly.”

While driving through London’s attractions sounds like a great day, as a driver you also have to deal with traffic jams all the time.

“I’d say the hardest part is trying to work under pressure when you’re running on a tight schedule and traffic jams,” says Jodie.

“It gets stressful at times, especially in the summer when you’re sitting in a hot, sweaty cab.” How much do bus drivers get paid?


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