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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

33-9092 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers

Monitor recreational areas, such as pools, beaches, or ski slopes, to provide assistance and protection to participants.


National estimates for Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
Industry profile for Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
Geographic profile for Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers

National estimates for Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
113,150 2.2 % $ 13.00 $ 27,050 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 8.89 $ 9.94 $ 12.03 $ 14.46 $ 18.43
Annual Wage (2) $ 18,490 $ 20,680 $ 25,020 $ 30,070 $ 38,330


Industry profile for Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 44,730 0.83 $ 13.88 $ 28,880
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 25,560 2.52 $ 11.96 $ 24,870
Civic and Social Organizations 14,300 5.00 $ 11.96 $ 24,880
Amusement Parks and Arcades 5,330 4.26 $ 11.79 $ 24,530
Traveler Accommodation 4,890 0.32 $ 13.28 $ 27,630

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Civic and Social Organizations 14,300 5.00 $ 11.96 $ 24,880
Amusement Parks and Arcades 5,330 4.26 $ 11.79 $ 24,530
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 25,560 2.52 $ 11.96 $ 24,870
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 44,730 0.83 $ 13.88 $ 28,880
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps 300 0.60 $ 11.81 $ 24,560

Top paying industries for Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,100 0.10 $ 17.35 $ 36,090
Child Day Care Services 310 0.04 $ 15.66 $ 32,580
Grantmaking and Giving Services 30 0.02 $ 15.01 $ 31,210
Religious Organizations 150 0.08 $ 14.81 $ 30,800
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 30 0.01 $ 14.78 $ 30,740


Geographic profile for Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 14,880 0.91 1.11 $ 18.18 $ 37,800
Texas 9,010 0.74 0.92 $ 11.14 $ 23,180
Florida 7,680 0.91 1.12 $ 13.86 $ 28,830
New York 5,880 0.68 0.83 $ 14.99 $ 31,180
Virginia 5,100 1.38 1.69 $ 10.79 $ 22,430




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 440 1.70 2.09 $ 13.38 $ 27,830
Colorado 4,240 1.64 2.02 $ 13.60 $ 28,290
Virginia 5,100 1.38 1.69 $ 10.79 $ 22,430
Alaska 410 1.38 1.69 $ 16.86 $ 35,060
South Dakota 510 1.23 1.52 $ 11.10 $ 23,090




Top paying states for Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 660 1.15 1.41 $ 24.09 $ 50,100
District of Columbia 200 0.29 0.36 $ 21.02 $ 43,730
California 14,880 0.91 1.11 $ 18.18 $ 37,800
Alaska 410 1.38 1.69 $ 16.86 $ 35,060
Washington 1,800 0.56 0.69 $ 15.84 $ 32,950





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 7,070 1.21 1.49 $ 19.94 $ 41,470
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 6,040 0.68 0.84 $ 15.42 $ 32,080
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,810 0.87 1.07 $ 12.58 $ 26,160
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,420 1.13 1.39 $ 12.00 $ 24,950
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,180 0.89 1.09 $ 11.65 $ 24,240
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,350 1.61 1.98 $ 13.02 $ 27,070
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,130 0.85 1.04 $ 17.64 $ 36,680
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,120 0.71 0.88 $ 10.84 $ 22,550
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,060 0.98 1.20 $ 13.29 $ 27,650
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,030 0.75 0.93 $ 11.35 $ 23,620




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lawrence, KS 140 3.10 3.81 $ 8.91 $ 18,540
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 250 2.31 2.83 $ 16.42 $ 34,160
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 120 2.28 2.80 $ 11.86 $ 24,670
Greeley, CO 200 1.95 2.40 $ 12.70 $ 26,420
Lynchburg, VA 190 1.94 2.38 $ 10.43 $ 21,690
Saginaw, MI 140 1.91 2.34 $ 11.89 $ 24,730
Leominster-Gardner, MA 90 1.87 2.30 $ 14.52 $ 30,200
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 330 1.80 2.21 $ 16.31 $ 33,920
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 160 1.77 2.17 $ 17.67 $ 36,760
Provo-Orem, UT 450 1.76 2.16 $ 9.34 $ 19,420




Top paying metropolitan areas for Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 100 1.47 1.81 $ 24.39 $ 50,730
Urban Honolulu, HI 390 0.93 1.14 $ 23.27 $ 48,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 7,070 1.21 1.49 $ 19.94 $ 41,470
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,800 1.28 1.58 $ 18.01 $ 37,450
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 780 0.70 0.86 $ 17.91 $ 37,240
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 160 1.77 2.17 $ 17.67 $ 36,760
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,130 0.85 1.04 $ 17.64 $ 36,680
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 350 1.16 1.42 $ 16.77 $ 34,870
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,110 0.57 0.70 $ 16.63 $ 34,590
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,330 0.57 0.70 $ 16.46 $ 34,240

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 540 4.70 5.78 $ 17.21 $ 35,800
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 530 6.96 8.56 $ 15.82 $ 32,900
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 440 1.15 1.42 $ 9.67 $ 20,120
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 320 2.13 2.62 $ 12.84 $ 26,700
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 300 0.98 1.20 $ 9.88 $ 20,550

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 530 6.96 8.56 $ 15.82 $ 32,900
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 540 4.70 5.78 $ 17.21 $ 35,800
Central Utah nonmetropolitan area 170 3.38 4.16 $ 9.14 $ 19,020
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 220 2.37 2.91 $ 15.75 $ 32,760
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 300 2.37 2.91 $ 10.41 $ 21,650

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 180 1.90 2.33 $ 25.70 $ 53,460
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 0.71 $ 22.92 $ 47,660
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.55 0.67 $ 21.20 $ 44,090
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 90 0.38 0.47 $ 20.42 $ 42,480
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 150 1.48 1.82 $ 17.58 $ 36,570


About May 2020 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021