There’s never been a better time to become a driver with Community Transit — new drivers can earn a $5,000 sign-on incentive bonus when they complete our driver training program. That’s an extra $5,000 on top of the great benefits and generous pay that our drivers earn.
Wondering how it works? Earn a portion of your bonus when you reach these qualification milestones:
Sign-on incentive bonus is subject to qualification and applicable payroll taxes and withholding.
Our drivers not only enjoy excellent benefits and paid time off, but are paid a competitive wage that is regularly negotiated through their union. Wages increase with experience, too.
|2024 Hourly wage
|Bus driver in training
|Beginning bus driver
|Highest-earning bus driver
No bus driving experience is required. We train you — and pay you while you train! You qualify for benefits the first month after you start and accrue paid time off while you train, too!
Bus drivers enjoy comprehensive medical, vision, and dental benefits.
|What you pay:
|Individual health insurance
|Starting at $45 per month
|Family health insurance
|Starting at $120 per month
|Individual & family dental
|Individual & family vision
Employees can provide proof of other group medical coverage to waive the tier of coverage they are eligible to enroll in and receive cash back. Waiver incentive you would be eligible to receive subject to PEBB rules that do not permit dual coverage enrollment under PEBB plans.
|Coverage level waived:
|ATU Employees – MONTHLY CASH BACK
|Subscriber + Spouse
|Subscriber + Children
|Subscriber + Family
Community Transit offers Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) that enable employees to set aside money to pay for qualified out-of- pocket health and dependent care expenses before it is taxed. Only full-time employees may participate in an FSA.
Our Wellness program offers a variety of services and activities throughout the year to help you maintain your health.
Bus drivers enjoy 35 days of paid time off an accrued leave in their first year. It adds up. That’s like getting paid over $8,000 for your days off! Here’s how that breaks down:
Our bus drivers are represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1576. The position includes a wage progression based on hours worked. Drivers receive a wage increase for each milestone established by the wage progression. Employees earn PTO from their date of hire and may use it as they earn it, subject to scheduling rules. It is paid out to employees at their regular time pay rate. The amount of PTO earned is shown below.
|Years of service
|Annual PTO accumulation
|PTO as 8-hour days
(150% of annual)
|Date of hire
A pension is a type of retirement plan that provides monthly income after you retire from your position. Many people consider pensions to be one of the most reliable ways to plan for retirement, as pension funds are not impacted by the stock market or other economic forces.
More about Community Transit’s Pension options:
Our mission is to help people get from where they are to where they want to be— and that includes supporting the aspirations of our employees. We believe in investing in your growth and development. That's why we offer our comprehensive Tuition Reimbursement Benefit, designed to support your educational aspirations, and grow your career. With our three-tiered program, we provide financial assistance for a wide range of educational pursuits, whether you're considering professional development certifications, trade school, an associate degree, a bachelor's degree, or even a master's degree.
|Tuition Assistance tier
|Tier 1: Associate Degrees and Professional Certification Courses
|Tuition and fees up to $2,000 annually
|Tier 2: Bachelor’s Degree
| 50% of tuition and fees up to $6,500 annually
|Tier 3: Master’s Degree
|50% of tuition and fees up to $14,500 annually
Reimbursement will be made after the employee presents proof of satisfactory completion and a passing grade. Other terms apply.
Employees and their household members are eligible for free and confidential financial, legal, mental health, and family support through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
EAP benefits include:
Many options are available to suit your needs.
As a transit agency, we encourage employees to think outside of the car when it comes to how they get around. We reward employees who use alternatives to single occupancy vehicles when they commute to work. Our Transportation Incentive Program (TIP) offers quarterly cash incentives to employees who walk, ride, bus, carpool — anything but drive along — to work. Employees can make up to $45 per month, paid quarterly, with the TIP benefit.
Drivers looking to transition from desk-bound work like accounting, administration, call center, and sales have also thrived in this role — get out from behind that desk or counter and discover the freedom of driving in your local community!
Additional benefits include:
If there is any difference between this publication and the insurance contracts or other legal documents, the legal documents/insurance contracts will always govern. Community Transit reserves the right to amend or terminate them according to the amendment and termination procedures described in the legal documents/insurance contracts. This page is informational in nature and does not create a contract of employment with Community Transit.