$24,811
Avg. Salary
$9.38
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$140

Profit Sharing

$400

The average pay for a Lifeguard is $9.38 per hour.

The average pay for a Lifeguard is $24,811 per year.

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MEDIAN $24,811
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$0$48K
Salary $17,597 - $48,000
Bonus $1.21 - $1,003
Profit Sharing $400
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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$16,267 - $26,889
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 29
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $7.78 - $12.41
Hourly Tips $0.08 - $4.37
Overtime $7.95 - $21.00
Annual Data $0$26K
Bonus $1.21 - $1,003
Profit Sharing $400
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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$16,267 - $26,889
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,719

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

24%

National Average: $19,791

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Lifeguard Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Lifeguard?

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.

Lifeguard in Buffalo:
"Meh..."
Pros: The people I work with are enjoyable.
Cons: The management is terrible it's disorganized.

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.

Key Stats for Lifeguard

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 256 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%

Experience Affects Lifeguard Salaries

Late-Career
▲18%

Experienced
▲14%

Mid-Career
▲7%

National Average
$20,000

▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 256 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 9%
dental benefits
Dental: 5%
vision benefits
Vision: 5%
no benefits
None: 90%