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Bus Driver Average Salary in Vietnam 2020

How much money does a Bus Driver make in Vietnam?

Average Monthly Salary
5,380,000 VND
( 64,600,000 VND yearly)


A person working as a Bus Driver in Vietnam typically earns around 5,380,000 VND per month. Salaries range from 2,850,000 VND (lowest) to 8,180,000 VND (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Bus Driver salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Bus Driver Salary Distribution in Vietnam

Median and salary distribution monthly Vietnam Bus Driver
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Bus Driver salaries in Vietnam range from 2,850,000 VND per month (minimum salary) to 8,180,000 VND per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 5,060,000 VND per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Bus Driver(s) are earning less than 5,060,000 VND while the other half are earning more than 5,060,000 VND. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Bus Driver(s) are earning less than 3,560,000 VND while 75% of them are earning more than 3,560,000 VND. Also from the diagram, 75% of Bus Driver(s) are earning less than 6,220,000 VND while 25% are earning more than 6,220,000 VND.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Bus Driver Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Vietnam Bus Driver
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Bus Driver salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Bus Driver with less than two years of experience makes approximately 3,280,000 VND per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 4,020,000 VND per month, 23% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 5,700,000 VND per month, 42% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Bus Driver(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 6,660,000 VND per month, 17% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 7,330,000 VND per month, 10% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 7,750,000 VND per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Bus Driver average salary change by experience in Vietnam

0 - 2 Years
3,280,000 VND
2 - 5 Years+23%
4,020,000 VND
5 - 10 Years+42%
5,700,000 VND
10 - 15 Years+17%
6,660,000 VND
15 - 20 Years+10%
7,330,000 VND
20+ Years+6%
7,750,000 VND
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Bus Driver Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Bus Driver(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level monthly Vietnam Bus Driver
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Bus Driver salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Bus Driver is 4,020,000 VND per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 5,620,000 VND per month, 40% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 7,970,000 VND per month, 42% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Bus Driver average salary difference by education level in Vietnam

High School
4,020,000 VND
Certificate or Diploma+40%
5,620,000 VND
Bachelor's Degree+42%
7,970,000 VND
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Bus Driver Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Vietnam Bus Driver
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Bus Driver employees in Vietnam earn 11% more than their female counterparts on average.

5,610,000 VND
5,040,000 VND
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Vietnam for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Vietnam
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Bus Driver Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Vietnam

How much are annual salary increments in Vietnam for Bus Driver(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Bus Driver(s) in Vietnam are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 17 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Vietnam / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Vietnam is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Vietnam for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Bus Driver Bonus and Incentive Rates in Vietnam

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Vietnam Bus Driver
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A Bus Driver is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

75% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 25% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Bus Driver Average Hourly Wage in Vietnam

31,000 VND per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Vietnam is 31,000 VND. This means that the average Bus Driver in Vietnam earns approximately 31,000 VND for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Bus Driver VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Bus Driver and Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers monthly Vietnam
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The average salary for Bus Driver is 20% less than that of Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers. Also, Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers salaries are 61% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Bus Driver5,380,000 VND-0%
CDL Driver6,350,000 VND+18%
CDL Truck Driver6,270,000 VND+17%
Chauffeur6,640,000 VND+23%
Courier Coordinator8,700,000 VND+62%
Courier Sales Manager12,600,000 VND+130%
Deck Officer5,570,000 VND+4%
Delivery Driver4,910,000 VND-9%
Delivery Specialist6,800,000 VND+26%
Delivery Supervisor7,760,000 VND+44%
Dispatcher4,520,000 VND-16%
Driver5,210,000 VND-3%
Driving Instructor7,010,000 VND+30%
Goods Receiving Expediter5,210,000 VND-3%
Limousine Driver6,590,000 VND+22%
Parking Inspector6,200,000 VND+15%
School Bus Driver6,040,000 VND+12%
Shuttle Driver5,380,000 VND-0%
Taxi Driver5,710,000 VND+6%
Third Officer4,940,000 VND-8%
Train Driver5,740,000 VND+7%
Tram Driver5,310,000 VND-1%
Transport Officer5,340,000 VND-1%
Transportation and Shipping Supervisor8,200,000 VND+52%
Transportation Manager20,400,000 VND+280%
Truck Driver5,210,000 VND-3%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Da Nang5,190,000 VND
Ha Noi5,830,000 VND
Hai Phong5,180,000 VND
Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh5,950,000 VND

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Vietnam earn 8% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
16,400,000 VND
Public Sector+8%
17,800,000 VND
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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