These Are The 10 States With The Highest Pool Lifeguard Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 8 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do pool lifeguards get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for pool lifeguards by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for pool lifeguards by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for pool lifeguards after this adjustment? That would be Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, And Other Recreational Protective Service Workers.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Wyoming
  2. Washington
  3. Alaska
  4. Florida
  5. Illinois
  6. Michigan
  7. California
  8. North Dakota
  9. Minnesota
  10. Arizona

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for pool lifeguards from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $31940, so our index value would be:

$31,940 * (100 / 135.9) = $23,502

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for pool lifeguards.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Pool Lifeguard Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Wyoming $26,187 $24,040 91.8
2 Washington $25,285 $26,600 105.2
3 Alaska $25,270 $33,130 131.1
4 Florida $25,167 $24,740 98.3
5 Illinois $23,826 $22,540 94.6
6 Michigan $23,685 $21,080 89.0
7 California $23,502 $31,940 135.9
8 North Dakota $22,444 $22,310 99.4
9 Minnesota $22,430 $22,610 100.8
10 Arizona $22,255 $21,810 98.0
11 Nebraska $22,205 $20,340 91.6
12 Arkansas $22,112 $19,260 87.1
13 Nevada $22,052 $22,780 103.3
14 Indiana $21,843 $19,550 89.5
15 Hawaii $21,822 $36,640 167.9
16 Delaware $21,686 $21,990 101.4
17 Georgia $21,498 $19,650 91.4
18 Mississippi $21,490 $18,460 85.9
19 Texas $21,488 $19,490 90.7
20 Colorado $21,319 $22,130 103.8
21 Ohio $21,183 $19,870 93.8
22 Oklahoma $21,132 $18,850 89.2
23 Utah $21,107 $19,630 93.0
24 South Carolina $21,078 $20,910 99.2
25 New Mexico $20,974 $20,240 96.5
26 West Virginia $20,717 $19,350 93.4
27 Louisiana $20,685 $19,610 94.8
28 Missouri $20,663 $18,680 90.4
29 Rhode Island $20,629 $24,900 120.7
30 Tennessee $20,559 $18,380 89.4
31 Iowa $20,516 $18,670 91.0
32 North Carolina $20,500 $19,250 93.9
33 Kentucky $20,475 $18,530 90.5
34 Kansas $20,211 $18,170 89.9
35 Wisconsin $19,989 $19,350 96.8
36 South Dakota $19,971 $20,710 103.7
37 Idaho $19,967 $18,390 92.1
38 Alabama $19,780 $18,040 91.2
39 Montana $19,742 $19,900 100.8
40 Oregon $19,679 $22,750 115.6
41 New Hampshire $19,495 $22,810 117.0
42 Vermont $19,388 $23,480 121.1
43 New York $19,381 $25,390 131.0
44 Pennsylvania $19,112 $19,380 101.4
45 Connecticut $18,856 $24,080 127.7
46 Maine $18,808 $20,840 110.8
47 Massachusetts $18,635 $24,860 133.4
48 New Jersey $18,039 $21,990 121.9
49 Maryland $16,087 $20,190 125.5