Salary for Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers

Also known as:  Beach Lifeguard, Certified Ski Patroller, Life Guard, OEC Technician, Outdoor Emergency Care Technician, Pool Lifeguard, Ski Patrol

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Lifeguards, ski patrol and other recreational protective service workers are charged with the responsibility of monitoring, assisting and protecting individuals partaking in recreational activities at venues such as ski slopes, recreational resorts as well as public and private pools and beaches. They must be able to train and assist recreational participants in performing activities such as skiing or swimming. Additionally, they must be able to act as first responders in the case of an accident or injury. Effective communication with other law enforcement agencies and health care workers is essential for protecting those they monitor. They must also have an extensive working knowledge of the recreational equipment being used, and diligently monitor that equipment for flaws or needed repairs. A high school diploma is required for employment in this professional field.

A Lifeguard, Ski Patrol, or Other Recreational Protective Service Worker can earn salaries somewhere between 8000 to 12000 based on experience and education levels. Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers will most likely receive wages of Nineteen Thousand Seven Hundred dollars on an annual basis.

Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers are paid the highest in Hawaii, where they can get average wages of close to about $36960. Employees who work in this job have the highest salaries in Public Administration, which has job pay of $22870.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 12.38 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers tend to make the most in the following industries
Retail Trade $22,870
Public Administration $22,210
Educational Services $21,150
Construction $20,420
Accommodation and Food Services $20,370
Health Care and Social Assistance $20,310
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $18,450
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $19,500
Other Services (except Public Administration) $19,780
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $20,000
Health Care and Social Assistance $20,310
Accommodation and Food Services $20,370
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