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Lifeguard Salary (United States)

The average wage for a Lifeguard is $8.76 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this career. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job.
Lifeguard Salary (?
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$15,060 - $59,000
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $24,489
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Lifeguard Salary (?
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$7.39 - $11.83
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MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$15,060 - $59,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $97.87  
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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$15,407 - $25,094  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.39 - $11.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $3.38  
Overtime
$8.03 - $17.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $97.87  
   
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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$15,407 - $25,094  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 793
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Job Description for Lifeguard

During those hot summer months, nothing is more cooling and relaxing than spending the day at a pool, lake, or even the beach. However, with all the fun going on, it is always a beneficial to have lifeguards on hand. Lifeguards play an important and crucial part in summer activity. To put it simply, a lifeguard is someone who saves the lives of those who may be in danger. They guard the lives of swimmers and protect the swimming area. This job requires the lifeguards to observe swimmers of all ages. A lifeguard can work in hotel pools, recreation pools, swim clubs, schools, lakes, oceans, etc. They must be able to supervise the swimmers and control their behavior in order to ensure the safety of the other swimmers. All lifeguards should be able to administer first aid and contact emergency medical personnel in case of serious injury. Other duties include responding to emergency situations in the water or surrounding areas, insuring that the pool, spa, and sauna are maintained according to all regulations, maintaining a safe swimming environment, and enforcing all policies, procedures and regulations. It is the lifeguard's job to ensure that everyone is safe. Most lifeguards will sit in tall chairs that overlook the pool or beach area to give themselves a better view of what is going on around them. In some cases, lifeguards will even use rowboats to patrol larger areas. Lifeguards also need to watch out for circumstances that could lead to other dangerous conditions, such as rough play, playing with risky objects or toys, and blatant disregard for the rules and regulations. Being a lifeguard is an excellent and rewarding job that helps to keep people safe.
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.

Lifeguard Job Listings

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Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
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New York
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Las Vegas
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Orlando
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National Average
$18,000
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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 29%
Mid-Career
up arrow 12%
National Average
$18,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
42%
female alumni
 
Male
58%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 7% dental benefits Dental: 5%
vision benefits Vision: 3% employee benefits None: 93%