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Transit Operator

Pierce Transit

As a Trainee you will initially be paid at $22.03 per hour. All Trainees start at this step, regardless of prior experience. The pay rate increases quickly! The hourly rate moves to $23.32 upon successful completion of the first three phases of training (10 weeks) when Trainees move to the role of Relief Transit Operator (RTO). After successfully completing the probationary period, (6 months/1040 hours as an RTO), you will receive $24.14.

As Transit Operator positions open up they are filled by Relief Transit Operators on the basis of seniority. As a full time Transit Operator, the hourly salary begins at $25.03 per hour. The top of our Transit Operator pay range is currently $31.76 per hour, which equates to a base annual salary of $66,060, plus benefits. Additionally, there is often overtime work available. In 2020, the top Transit Operator earner made over $130,000.
 As a Relief Transit Operator, you will be a member of a very important team that is relied upon to drive routes in the absence of the regular full-time operators. The work of the RTO ensures that the operation continues to run smoothly while the regular drivers are attending training, on temporary assignments, taking vacation or other leave, or away for other reasons.
 While many of our Operators choose to remain in that role, many others have pursued a variety of opportunities and have become supervisors, instructors, dispatchers and managers throughout the agency.
 Relief Transit Operators are eligible for benefits and guaranteed at least 25 hours of work per week. Our current Relief Transit Operators work 35 hours per week and sometimes more, although hours in excess of 25 are not guaranteed and will depend on the needs of the Agency in any given week.

The Commitment

Applicants are encouraged to review Pierce Transit's background check policy and the driving abstract section to ensure they have an acceptable driving record prior to applying. 


Excellent Benefits
Accepting a position on the Pierce Transit team is the ticket to a rewarding career. The total employment package includes a competitive salary as well as a wide array of benefits.

Insurance Options
As an employee, you and your family can choose to be covered by one of several excellent medical and vision plans as well as dental, life insurance and long-term disability insurance plans are also available.

Tuition Reimbursement
Pierce Transit is committed to supporting the professional growth of our staff and provides a generous reimbursement for employment related tuition.

As a public sector employee, you are included in the Washington State Public Employees Retirement System. Employees are eligible to participate in a Deferred Compensation (457) plan for tax-deferred retirement investment.


Relief Transit Operator (RTO) Recruitment process steps to hire:
The RTO hiring process normally takes 6 to 8 weeks and candidates are encouraged to get their CDL Class B Permit with Passenger Endorsement as soon as possible after attending the RTO hiring event.

  1. Cadidate reviews RTO information
  2. Candidate attends scheduled hiring event
  3. Complete Operator Self-Assessment
  4. Interview with Operations and Employee Services Staff
  5. Conditional Offer
  6. Criminal History Check
  7. Reference Checks/Employment Verification
  8. DOT physical, functional assessment and drug screening
  9. Obtain CDL permit no later than two weeks prior to start date
  10. Final Offer
  11. Order uniforms
  12. Begin your career as a Relief Transit Operator