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The incredible salaries earned by London Underground, bus, tram and train drivers

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It’s easy to overlook the incredibly important work that the drivers on the London Underground, bus network, trams and railway carry out every single day.

Without their dedication and professionalism, it would be much harder to ensure you get to work on time, or make that all-important dinner date or even meet friends in a pub on the other side of London.

During the global Covid pandemic drivers of London’s transport systems showed just how important they were while fearlessly continuing to work in public-facing roles.

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London Underground drivers can earn a good salary in their role

Only on Monday (October 11) Transport for London (TfL) announced that a new permanent memorial would be built in a fitting tribute for the 97 London transport staff members who died of Covid.

As many people return to work in their offices this month TfL drivers will once again take on the role as the engine room of London and more people are realising what a fantastic career it is working as a London driver.

So if you did fancy a new career move or are looking for your first step, here is how much you could earn as a Tube, bus, tram or rail driver.

Underground driver

Following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request made by MyLondon to Transport for London in early 2021, the annual wage of a full-time Tube driver was revealed as £56,496.

This was based on the financial year from April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020, with 3,271 drivers said to earn this amount, not including bonuses.

Tube drivers part of the job-share scheme earned £28,248, while part-time drivers earned a salary of £25,824.

Perks of the job include 43 days of holiday a year, free annual Tube pass for you and your other half and retirement at 60 with a full pension or on a reduced pension at 50.

The downsides of the job include possibly working 17 weekends in a row, shifts starting as early as 4.45am and finishing at 1.30am, plus a no-alcohol policy for eight hours before your shift starts.

There are positions open for working as a London bus driver

There are positions open for working as a London bus driver

Bus driver

It is thought that the average salary for a London bus driver is somewhere between £27,000 and £31,000 based on job websites Indeed, Adunza and Glassdoor, which all collate information on the UK’s work sectors annual wages.

TfL does not confirm wage allowances of travel staff, however, Go Ahead which is the largest bus company in the capital (operating for TfL) advertise positions for £26,000 per year for drivers starting at an entry grade and rising to over £31,000 per year.

The legendary tram system in Croydon

The legendary tram system in Croydon

Tram drivers

Nationally the average starting wage for a tram driver is a starting salary of £16,000 a year rising up to £28,000 for experienced drivers.

However, in London, it is thought that drivers can start at £28,500 which increases to £40,000 a year with experience.

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Train drivers

There are a number of railway train operators in London including Southern, Thameslink, South Western Railway and South Eastern Railway.

While many of the operators like to keep the salaries of new recruits and experienced drivers close to its chest, South Eastern Railway, which operates a network that spans 164 stations across London, Kent and East Sussex, does publish details about potential salaries.

According to its website, trainees will receive a salary of £24,048, while once qualified annual incomes can reach £54,575.

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