Bus Drivers

Critical Needs

Critical Needs

  • The Wake County Public School System is hiring full-time and substitute bus drivers! Reliable and safety-minded individuals who qualify and are able to obtain the NC Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and P&S Endorsement (Passengers and School Bus) are encouraged to apply by submitting an application.

    If you are hired, expect:

    • a competitive wage package
    • schedule options
    • paid training
    • vacation time
    • holiday pay
    • health insurance
    • NC Retirement for full-time (30 hours and up) drivers
    • daily guarantee on pay
    • a great working environment!


    • Must be 18 years old.
    • Must possess a valid NC driver's license.
    • Must have had a valid driver's license for a minimum of two years.

    Within past 12 months

    • No conviction of any moving violation
    • No pending charge of any moving violation
    • No more than one charge of any moving violation, regardless of disposition

    Within past 60 months

    • No more than three charges of moving violations of any kind
    • No conviction of a moving violation combined with any other charge of a moving violation
    • No charge of DWI or DUI
    • No charge for reckless driving
    • No charge for passing a stopped school bus

    Within past 10 years

    • No suspension or revocation of the driving privilege, other than for such status offenses as lapsed insurance, failure to appear in court, and failure to comply with out-of-state citation; provided that there be no more than one suspension or revocation for such status offenses within the past 10-years.


    • No more than one charge of DWI or DUI

    Anyone who meets the above requirements and is interested in becoming a school bus driver for the Wake County Public School System may apply by filling out a WCPSS job application form.

    Application materials

    • Employment Application
    • Provide a minimum of one supervisory reference on your application. References are automatically sent an electronic survey to complete on your behalf upon submission of the online application.
    • Do not mail paper documents to Human Resources.

    Salary schedules

    • Bus Drivers - Start at $16.20/hr or higher based on years of experience!

    Questions? Please call (919) 694-8484


Bus Driver Info Sessions

  • March 22 - 10 a.m.
  • March 24 - 2 p.m.

Register to attend

$1200 Signing Bonus for New Hires

  • $400 to be paid after 3 months with satisfactory performance
  • Additional $800 paid after 12 months of satisfactory performance

Bonus available to eligible drivers hired on or after June 16, 2021.

Employee Bonuses

Candidates hired as of May 5 and Nov. 5, 2022 in full-time positions may earn $1,250 retention bonuses to be included those months' paychecks.