Ride / Amusement Machine Operator Salary
Amusement Ride Operators in the United States can expect to earn an average of $8.90 per hour. Career duration and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Amusement Ride Operators report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the majority of Amusement Ride Operators (65 percent) survey respondents. Nearly one-eighth receive medical and dental insurance and fewer than one in ten get vision insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Hourly Rate||$7.27 - $10.37|
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|$15,112 - $22,308|
Job Description for Ride / Amusement Machine Operator
Despite their sometimes under-appreciated presence, ride/amusement machine operators are crucial to the success of an amusement park, from Disney World to traveling shows moving from town to town across the country.Read More...
Ride/amusement machine operators greet customers as they enter a ride, take tickets, and ensure that riders meet height and other safety requirements. They may assist guests with getting on and off rides and ensure that seat belts, harnesses, and other safety devices are in place and applied properly to provide a safe and fun experience for riders. They are also responsible for starting and stopping rides, maintaining their speeds, and watching for any problems that may arise while the ride operates. They may occasionally conduct maintenance and repairs on rides, and those traveling with shows often participate in setting up and taking down rides, as well.
Working locations and conditions can vary in this position. In most cases, whether at a huge attraction or in a traveling show, they work outdoors in all sorts of temperatures and weather conditions, though they rarely work when it rains. Some, as mentioned, travel the country almost year-round, while others travel with regional carnivals and some work indoors at major amusement parks.
Educational requirements are not strict for this position, though knowledge of mechanics is highly beneficial. A high school diploma may be a minimum requirement, and they must have a strong awareness of safety, thorough understanding of the machines they operate, and the ability to communicate and work well with customers.
Ride / Amusement Machine Operator Tasks
- Operate all rides in a safe and responsible manner.
- Collect tickets or money from guests for rides.
- Operate ride control panel.
- Check all guests' restraints.
- Conduct pre- and post-ride inspections for each ride assignment.
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