Transit Coach Operator (Bus Driver)
$5,000 Sign-On Bonus + Great Benefits
Everett, WA 
Posted 25 days ago
Job Description

Earn a $5,000 bus driver sign-on bonus* + paid training + excellent benefits!

Community Transit is hiring bus drivers! Yes — you can drive a bus! You don’t need previous professional driving experience to be a great Community Transit bus driver— we’ll give you the tools for success by providing paid, comprehensive training that includes generous benefits. We are a leading employer in the Puget Sound region, based out of Everett, Washington. Community Transit drivers serve communities throughout Snohomish County and parts of King County.

Grow your career with us and be part of a team that believes in making a difference. We’re looking for people who enjoy learning and helping people. Our bus drivers come from every walk of life and job experience, including:

  • military service
  • customer service and retail
  • restaurant and hospitality
  • warehouse and logistics
  • commercial and non-commercial driving

Veterans are encouraged to apply. Use the skills you developed serving your country to serve your community as a bus driver. Many of the people in leadership positions at Community Transit are veterans and many began their careers here as bus drivers.

People 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.

Community Transit will offer you a professional career with excellent benefits, a competitive salary and opportunities for promotion and professional development.

Apply today! 


During our 10-week paid training program you will:

  • earn $23.36 per hour
  • be eligible for our Trainee Benefit Package on the first month following your training start date. This includes:
  • medical insurance for trainees and their dependents (95% company-paid premiums)
  • dental & vision insurance for trainees and their dependents (100% company-paid premiums)
  • accruing paid time off during training

Upon successful completion of the training program you will:

  • earn a starting salary of $27.73/hour, with potential to earn up to $35.03 hourly
  • be eligible for our excellent full-employee benefit package which includes:
  • a retirement pension plan
  • company-paid life insurance/disability insurance
  • receive 9 company-paid holidays a year
  • accrue generous paid time off — up to 19 days in your first year
  • receive a comprehensive wellness program including onsite access to: two gyms, physical therapy services, and massage therapy services

Community Transit drivers are considered essential workers, called on to work in support of the community even when others cannot. Our drivers are relied on during pandemics, natural disasters, accidents and other events — ready to come to the aid of the community when called on to do so.

Our Bus Drivers safely operate passenger buses on all of our routes including Swift bus rapid transit, collect fares and assist transit riders, maintain bus schedules, follow applicable traffic laws and company protocol, and provide excellent customer service.


To be considered, applicants must:

  • Stable Work History
  • Able to account for the last 5 consecutive years of driving experience, without any lapses in licensing, legally operating a motor vehicle in the United States without restrictions
  • At least 21 years of age at time of hire & possess a valid Washington State Driver's License at time of hire.
  • Ability to obtain a valid Washington State Commercial Driver's License (CDL) class "B", with passenger endorsement and air brake restriction lifted. Applicants without a valid CDL must obtain a CDL learner's permit before the first day of training.
  • No more than 2 moving violations within the last 5 years.
  • No more than 2 accidents within the last 5 years (at fault or not at fault).
  • Within the last 5 years, no license suspension, revocation, cancellation or disqualification based on a traffic or moving violation
  • No license restrictions (such as an ignition interlock device requirement) within the last 5 years.
  • Driving abstracts must be clear of reckless or negligent driving, hit and run, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, vehicular assault or homicide for the last 10 years.
  • No alcohol, drug or test refusal related occurrences within the last 10 years.
  • No other driving record incidents or occurrences within the last 5 years that provide a reasonable basis to question the applicant's ability to provide safe and public transportation.

Successful candidates will have:

  • strong people skills
  • Knowledge of English, sufficient to communicate, read and follow road signs, and to comprehend written instructions and standard operating procedures, notices and memos.
  • a willingness to learn and try new things
  • flexibility to work different shifts and a varied schedule, including some weekends and holidays
  • reliability and motivation
  • the ability to learn new routes and procedures and to follow them reliably


Applicants who meet the minimum requirements may be scheduled for an interview as well as a variety of tests to demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities for the position. The evaluation process may include interviews, background checks, references and various performance tests. Learn more about our Bus Driver Hiring Process:


All new employees must provide proof of fully vaccinated status on or before their first workday or be granted an accommodation as outlined in our policy on or before their first workday.


This position is safety sensitive and subject to drug and alcohol testing under both the U.S. Department of Transportation and Community Transit Authority. Community Transit provides a tobacco-free and drug-free work environment.

As a recipient of federal funds, Community Transit is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on any basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. We value and encourage diversity in our workforce. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.

Community Transit Bus Drivers are represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local #1576.

(*New bus driver sign-on incentive bonus is subject to qualification. Incentive bonus payout and qualification milestones: $1,500 after 25 days of employment (halfway through your driver training), $1,500 after driver training graduation and $2,000 after completion of probation. Sign-on incentive bonus is subject to applicable payroll taxes and withholding.)

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $27.73 per hour


  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance

Supplemental pay types:

  • Signing bonus

COVID-19 considerations:
We're committed to providing a safe work environment, including providing personal protective equipment and resources to help protect our employees and others. We work closely with Snohomish County public health authorities to create safety protocols.

Work Location: On the road


Special Notes/Instructions
To be considered, please go to and complete an official Community Transit job application.
Job Summary
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Hours per Week
Work Hours (i.e. shift)
Salary and Benefits
$27.73 p/hr
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
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