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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: School & Employee Bus Transportation

Overview: the U.S. School & Employee Bus Transportation Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:

  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for School & Employee Bus Transportation: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

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Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

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Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the School & Employee Bus Transportation industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Local, Fixed-Route Passenger Transportation By Road And Transit Rail

Local, School Route Passenger Transportation By Bus

Local Passenger Transportation By Road, Except Fixed-Route

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map by state

Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a School & Employee Bus Transportation company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the School & Employee Bus Transportation industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on School & Employee Bus Transportation measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 2%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers1%
Protective Service Occupations 8%
Other Protective Service Workers 8%
Miscellaneous Protective Service Workers 8%
Protective Service Workers, All Other 8%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 83%
Motor Vehicle Operators 80%
Bus Drivers 79%
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 78%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

School & Employee Bus Transportation Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Top Innovators

CompanyInnovation Score
Lamers Bus Lines

Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

Latest Industry News

  • Bullying Alleged by Mahopac School Transportation Workers - Employees told Mahopac News that a pattern ... “I am so sickened by what is going on in the transportation department,” bus driver Sueann Ferrari told the school board at last month’s meeting. “I am a bus driver, I am a resident and I am a taxpayer ... (01/12/2018)
  • How yellow school buses could green New York City - Transportation Workers Union Local 100 ... The worker cooperative will be run by a board that is democratically elected by bus employees and could even have seats reserved for school parents. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and the City Council ... (01/11/2018)
  • Parents, protesters picket Einstein Charter Schools over lack of busing - It cites a state policy on student transportation that doesn’t actually ... Toranto said there’s no requirement that school employees accompany children from a bus stop. Davida Finger, the head of Loyola University’s law clinic, was there with ... (01/10/2018)
  • A-Z Bus Sales Introduces the New 2018 Blue Bird All American Type D Electric School Bus Ride and Drive Events Throughout California - The Type D transit school bus is an all-electric bus powered by Adomani ... commercial and private fleet markets with a broad portfolio of passenger transportation solutions. The employee-owned company specializes in green alternative fuel products. (01/06/2018)
  • New York School Bus Contractors Association Launches Industry-Wide Employee of the Month Award to Outstanding Member Company Employees - Each month the NYSBCA will be recognizing a member’s employee, including drivers ... is an organization representing over one hundred school transportation companies, also known as school bus contractors. The industry transports more than half of ... (01/04/2018)
  • Freeman Bus employees share concerns as school ends longtime relationship - WATERTOWN — A dozen employees of the Freeman Bus Corp. attended Tuesday night’s Watertown City School District Board of Education meeting to share their concerns about new a transportation contract that ended their company’s 50-plus-year relationship ... (01/03/2018)
  • L.A. school transportation employees fired or pressured to resign for alleged drinking and drug use - A Los Angeles Unified School ... three employees, the district cited three incidents from September 2013 to May 2015 in which they and possibly others drank alcohol or had marijuana on them at the end of a workday. There was no evidence that a bus driver ... (01/27/2017)
  • Simulated school bus crash prepares transportation employees for worst - THORNTON, Colo. -- It's something you never want to happen, but must be prepared for. Thornton first responders created a real-life school bus extraction to show hundreds of Colorado school transportation workers how to handle emergency scenarios. (06/24/2016)
  • School bus transportation provides gateway to education - We averaged 5,425 students each day to 20 different locations. Huron Valley Schools transportation department has 101 employees and a fleet of 98 buses. In addition to home and school each day, last year 861 academic and athletic trips were safely completed. (04/20/2016)
  • More Hillsborough school transportation employees raise concerns - ... and helps the board come up with a plan for replacing its aging bus fleet. Separately, the school district is investigating concerns raised by some transportation employees, including the treatment of a student with special needs. Schools ... (04/15/2014)

Government Contracts

In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $6,092,039 on School & Employee Bus Transportation. It has awarded 136 contracts to 32 companies, with an average value of $190,376 per company.   

Top government vendors:

CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

Growth Opportunities / Competitive Threats

Companies in other industries may also sell similar products. Since there is an overlap in the customer base, there may be an opportunity for companies in School & Employee Bus Transportation to sell additional products/services offered by these adjacent industries. Alternatively, these industries may identify further products in this industry to target. Products most at risk are those with the highest profit margins and lowest barriers to entry.

The following industries are competing channels for sales of similar products/services.

Local, Fixed-Route Passenger Trans By Road And Transit Rail
Competing IndustrySales Relative to School & Employee Bus TransportationOpportunity/Threat
Bus & Automobile Transit Systems Competing industry

Sales from other industries of Local, Fixed-Route Passenger Trans By Road And Transit Rail are less than those from School & Employee Bus Transportation. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Local, Fixed-Route Passenger Trans By Road And Transit Rail sales, taking market share from this industry.
Local, Fixed-Route Passenger Trans By Road And Transit Rail Product Sales Report

Local Passenger Transportation By Road, Except Fixed-Route
Competing IndustrySales Relative to School & Employee Bus TransportationOpportunity/Threat
Limousine Service
Taxi Cab Service
Bus & Automobile Transit Systems Competing industry

Sales from other industries of Local Passenger Transportation By Road, Except Fixed-Route are less than those from School & Employee Bus Transportation. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Local Passenger Transportation By Road, Except Fixed-Route sales, taking market share from this industry.
Local Passenger Transportation By Road, Except Fixed-Route Product Sales Report