School Bus Fleet

FACT 2013

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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statistics 2013 Maintenance Survey School bus feet age rises Average bus retirement age Road salt 9.4 Years for large buses Average age (in years) 9.3 8.8 8.8 8.6 8.6 8.4 8.5 2009 2010 13.4 16.4 Respondents in areas where road salts are used typically retire their school buses several years earlier than those in areas where salts aren't used. The average retirement ages in all categories increased from last year's survey. 8.2 8.0 14.4 19.3 Years for small buses 9.2 9.0 No salt 2011 2012 2013 Bus-to-tech ratio (by feet size) Survey year Respondents were asked to estimate the average age of their bus feet. For 2013, the average of their responses was 9.3 years. The average school bus feet age has increased gradually over the past few years. 30 27 Starting tech pay also rises $17.36 $17.04 Average hourly pay 17.2 17.0 $16.51 26 50-99 100-299 23 21 Buses per tech 17.4 26 24 28 18 15 12 16.8 13 9 16.6 6 16.4 $16.41 $16.07 3 16.2 0 16.0 1-24 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Year This year's survey found that the average starting wage for school bus technicians is $17.04 per hour, up about 4% compared to the 2012 average, $16.41. Some respondents reported starting wage as an annual salary; the average of those for 2013 is $36,308. 40 SCHOOL BUS FLEET 25-49 Buses in feet The ratio of school buses to full-time technicians typically increases with feet size. The average ratio for all feet sizes is 22 buses per tech, which is higher than last year's average, 19. 300+

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