The average wage for a Lifeguard is $9.15 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience.

$16,768 - $47,513
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$17K
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$48K
MEDIAN: $25,041
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$7.73 - $12.07
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$16,768 - $47,513  
   
Bonus
$0.36 - $979  
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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$16,147 - $25,963  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.73 - $12.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$7.27 - $21.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.36 - $979  
   
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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$16,147 - $25,963  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,028
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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

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$19,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
72%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 8%
dental benefits
Dental: 5%
medical benefits
Vision: 5%
dental benefits
None: 91%
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