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Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,070
25th Percentile Wage
$18,400
50th Percentile Wage
$20,290
75th Percentile Wage
$24,260
90th Percentile Wage
$31,840

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers is $31,840. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $20,290. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,070. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 86% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201620,2903.89%6.60%
201519,5002.10%-
201419,0900.26%-
201319,0400.47%-
201218,950--

Table 2. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers in 9 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers occupations is the health care and social assistance sector with an annual salary $22,090. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $19,530).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Health Care and Social Assistance
$22,090
Federal, State, and Local Government
$21,580
Educational Services
$21,410
Accommodation and Food Services
$20,190
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$20,090
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$20,060
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$20,020
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$19,850
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$19,530

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers by States

From the above tables we note that not only lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,830 to $37,640. The highest paying state for lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $37,640. The lowest paying state is Idaho with a median annual salary of $17,830. For more salary information of lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Hawaii
$37,640
District of Columbia
$34,060
Alaska
$33,780
California
$27,870
Washington
$23,930
New York
$23,430
Massachusetts
$23,180
Rhode Island
$22,850
Connecticut
$22,700
Florida
$22,520
New Hampshire
$22,460
Nevada
$22,390
Oregon
$22,380
Wyoming
$22,240
Vermont
$22,140
Arizona
$21,530
Virginia
$21,340
Minnesota
$21,270
North Dakota
$20,940
New Jersey
$20,290
Maine
$20,170
Delaware
$20,100
Colorado
$20,030
South Dakota
$19,790
Illinois
$19,710
Michigan
$19,480
Nebraska
$19,360
South Carolina
$19,240
Maryland
$19,200
West Virginia
$19,130
Indiana
$19,080
Ohio
$19,020
Montana
$18,940
New Mexico
$18,940
Guam
$18,890
Wisconsin
$18,790
Georgia
$18,730
Arkansas
$18,720
Utah
$18,710
Texas
$18,630
North Carolina
$18,590
Oklahoma
$18,530
Pennsylvania
$18,530
Puerto Rico
$18,440
Missouri
$18,330
Louisiana
$18,290
Iowa
$18,250
Kentucky
$18,160
Kansas
$18,090
Tennessee
$18,080
Alabama
$18,060
Mississippi
$17,980
Idaho
$17,830


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