Ride / Amusement Machine Operator Salary
Median pay for Amusement Ride Operators in the United States is around $8.74 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most Amusement Ride Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Amusement Ride Operators are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 64 percent of professionals. Close to a seventh report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and roughly an eighth collect vision insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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|Hourly Rate||$7.26 - $10.33|
|Total Pay (||$15,092 - $21,819|
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
- Check all guests' restraints.
- Conduct pre- and post-ride inspections for each ride assignment.
- Operate ride control panel.
- Operate all rides in a safe and responsible manner.
- Collect tickets or money from guests for rides.
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