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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,320
25th Percentile Wage
$18,850
50th Percentile Wage
$21,290
75th Percentile Wage
$25,110
90th Percentile Wage
$33,360

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 $33,360. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $21,290. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,320. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 92% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$21,290
4.70% 10.99%
2016
$20,290
3.89% -
2015
$19,500
2.10% -
2014
$19,090
0.26% -
2013
$19,040
0.47% -
2012
$18,950
- -

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 11 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 $23,090. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $20,210).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Health Care and Social Assistance
$23,090
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$22,820
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$22,700
Federal, State, and Local Government
$22,590
Educational Services
$22,430
Retail Trade
$22,380
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$21,850
Construction
$21,720
Accommodation and Food Services
$21,130
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$20,770
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$20,210

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 $18,050 to $39,730. The highest paying state for lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $39,730. The lowest paying state is Idaho with a median annual salary of $18,050. 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
$39,730
District of Columbia
$36,010
Alaska
$34,820
California
$29,910
Washington
$25,120
Virgin Islands
$24,840
Massachusetts
$24,800
New York
$24,660
Connecticut
$23,290
Vermont
$23,160
Florida
$23,140
Oregon
$23,080
Rhode Island
$22,920
New Hampshire
$22,870
Minnesota
$22,760
Wyoming
$22,720
North Dakota
$22,640
Virginia
$22,620
Arizona
$22,570
Nevada
$22,170
Colorado
$21,410
New Jersey
$21,380
Maine
$21,050
South Dakota
$20,780
Michigan
$20,450
Delaware
$20,390
Illinois
$20,090
Nebraska
$19,960
Maryland
$19,830
West Virginia
$19,650
Montana
$19,610
South Carolina
$19,530
New Mexico
$19,470
Indiana
$19,380
Guam
$19,320
Ohio
$19,310
Georgia
$19,150
Utah
$19,140
Texas
$19,110
Wisconsin
$19,020
Arkansas
$18,980
Pennsylvania
$18,890
Iowa
$18,840
North Carolina
$18,820
Oklahoma
$18,590
Missouri
$18,590
Puerto Rico
$18,550
Kentucky
$18,500
Kansas
$18,490
Tennessee
$18,440
Louisiana
$18,400
Mississippi
$18,400
Alabama
$18,300
Idaho
$18,050



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