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Low Paying Jobs That Require Responsibility

Updated on March 8, 2013

What low paying, that is under $15 an hour, do you think require too much responsibility for the amount of pay provided?

There are some that most people may not recognize as such, like your school bus driver. Most work part time, maybe 5-7 hrs a day, are semi or retired, others, making additional income. But, the responsibility they have everyday is huge for the meager pay. They carry up to 80 kids on the 14 ton yellow bus. This is your kid, picking them up and dropping them off twice each day. Depending on the state, they go through at least 25 hrs. of classbook training and another 20 hours of behind the wheel. They must past strict physicals, where even high blood pressure can stop one from succeeding. They must be fingerprinted and have no criminal record. They must pass through driving test with a police officer and pass the state Class B exam. If they get a ticket or into an accident while driving the school bus, it might also impact their private driving record.

Driving a 70 ft. bus filled with 80 kids of many ages requires extensive passenger management and control, yet another class they attend. They must deal with schools, parents, kids and traffic, filled with drivers who act as if the school bus was a target. Many state rules and laws restrict how and what a bus driver does in traffic and their passengers.

With so much responsibility and training that goes into making a school bus driver, one would think it would pay at least $20-25 hr. They carry the most precious cargo- your kids and are responsible for them.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 4 years ago

      I agree, totally. The bus driver is like an extended family member to the child and parents.

    • poetvix profile image

      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Thank you! School bus drivers get no respect, abusive working conditions and little or no compensation As a teacher, I had the privileged of working with the same driver for five years. My class was special and we went on trips three times a week, minimum. Our driver was over 70 years of age. She was retired from the phone company but gave my class everything she had. She was one of the most caring, hard working, diligent people I ever had the pleasure to work with. They paid her less than the lady that did nothing but clean the toilets.

      The bus driver is the first person from the school environment a child sees, everyday. That driver sets the tone for the entire day. They are so much more valuable than anyone knows. They do things like bring jackets and shoes for students they know won't get them otherwise. They keep food on the bus daily for those they know won't eat otherwise. Sometimes, they are the only source of a smile, a friendly good morning, and a pat on the back these kids have.