Lifeguard Salary

The average wage for a Lifeguard is $9.18 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience.

$17,797 - $64,000
$18K
$23K
$64K
MEDIAN: $23,375
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$7.80 - $12.43
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MEDIAN: $9.35
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$0$64K
Salary $17,797 - $64,000
Bonus $1.86 - $1,014
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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$16,300 - $27,046
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 14
Hourly Data $0$21
Hourly Rate $7.80 - $12.43
Hourly Tips $0.33
Overtime $5.80 - $21.66
Annual Data $0$27K
Bonus $1.86 - $1,014
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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$16,300 - $27,046
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,036

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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

  • 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.
  • Insure the pool, spa, and sauna are maintained according to all regulations.
  • Respond to emergency situations in the water or surrounding areas.

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Pay by Experience Level for Lifeguard

Pay by Experience for a Lifeguard has a positive trend. An entry-level Lifeguard with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $19,000 based on 950 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Lifeguard with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 125 salaries. An experienced Lifeguard which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 31 salaries. A Lifeguard with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 10 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $19,688

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Lifeguard Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Lifeguard?

Lifeguard in West Seneca:
"Eh."
Pros: Talking to people, not too busy.
Cons: Lonely, very slow at times, don't feel much job security.

Lifeguard in Evanston:
"Its people warching and I get to take care of the pool."
Pros: I get to help others and I also get to take care of the pool, I people watch and sometimes get to save lives.
Cons: My boss, he train I had to learn on my own.

Lifeguard in Reston:
Pros: A lot of time to relax. Can read books when not up in the chair or out on deck.
Cons: There are a lot of idiots at the pool.

Lifeguard in Dallas:
"Low Stress - Paid to Tan."
Pros: Essentially get paid to tan. Just make sure the swimmers are still alive.
Cons: People assuming that my job is not a lifeguard, but a babysitter. Thereby, allowing there child to do anything and expecting me and my coworkers to deal with it.

Lifeguard in Salem:
"Not worth it..."
Pros: The ability to help and protect people.
Cons: It wouldn't be as bad if the pay was better, but the miscommunication and aggregation along with the ridiculous heat and humidity makes for a terrible working environment.

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.

Key Stats for Lifeguard

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 141 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Lifeguard Salaries

Late-Career
▲19%

Experienced
▲14%

Mid-Career
▲7%

National Average
$20,000

▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 141 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 8%
dental benefits
Dental: 4%
vision benefits
Vision: 5%
no benefits
None: 91%
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