Lifeguard Salary

The average wage for a Lifeguard is $8.87 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience.

$16,768 - $48,656
(Median)
$17K
$25K
$49K
MEDIAN: $25,434
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$7.45 - $11.75
(Median)
$7
$8
$12
MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$16,768 - $48,656  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $63.87  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$15,565 - $24,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.45 - $11.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05 - $0.58  
Overtime
$8.03 - $18.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $63.87  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$15,565 - $24,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 833
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Job Description for Lifeguard

A lifeguard is responsible for ensuring swimmers' safety and well being in swimming environments such as public pools and beaches. Lifeguards hold a physical job that requires the ability to swim and perform rescues for individuals in distress. Proper knowledge of AED, CPR and similar life-saving techniques is needed; proper first aid skills are mandatory, as is lifeguard certification. The lifeguard's environment is predominantly outdoors with the exception of indoor swimming pools. Coworkers are typically fellow lifeguards; aside from coworkers, lifeguards participate in substantial social interaction with beach- and pool goers. Their hours vary depending on their facility's hours of operation and available shifts.

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Lifeguard Tasks

  • Insure the pool, spa, and sauna are maintained according to all regulations.
  • Respond to emergency situations in the water or surrounding areas.
  • Administer first aid and contact emergency medical personnel in case of serious injury.
  • Maintain a safe swimming environment and enforce all policies, procedures and regulations.

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Lifeguard Reviews

What is it like working as a Lifeguard?

Lifeguard in Nashville:
Pros: The friendly atmosphere, we get into the water park free, everything is good.
Cons: The pay doesn't seem like enough considering we save lives.

Lifeguard in Watertown:
"Fun Working Environment."
Pros: Getting to socialize with the people I work with and the casual working environment. Plus, getting paid to be in the sun all day is always a major bonus.
Cons: Long hours and you are overseeing the safety of others so a lot depends on you.

What is it like working as a Lifeguard at YMCA?

Lifeguard in Montclair:
"Work Flexibility, Stress Level High."
Pros: Close to where I work. I know what I am doing. Free gym membership. Working around people who want to be fit.
Cons: Members complain a lot. Staff show up late for shifts. I don't know how to move up the ladder. The job is boring.

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Experience Affects Lifeguard Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$19,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 7% dental benefits Dental: 5%
vision benefits Vision: 3% employee benefits None: 92%
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