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How Much Does a Park Ranger Earn In The United States?

Park Ranger Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$41,000
$24,000
$41,000
$70,000
The average park ranger makes about $41,787 per year. That's $20.09 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $24,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $70,000. Many of park rangers seem to be drawn to hospitality and government companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case park rangers tend to work at professional, hospitality, and government companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Alaska, California and New Jersey pay park rangers the highest salaries.
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Where Park Rangers Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where park rangers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Park Rangers Earn In Different Cities?

While a park ranger can average a salary of $41,787 per year, or $20.09 per hour, there are many opportunities for park rangers to make more. For example, in San Luis Obispo, CA you might make $75,945 per year. Other high-paying locations include New York, NY, West Orange, NJ and Olympia, WA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to San Luis Obispo, CA where the average starting salary is $40,000. The highest paying states for park rangers include Alaska, California and New Jersey. Meanwhile, Maine, Indiana, and South Dakota offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

San Luis Obispo, CA

Salary Range54k - 106k$76k$75,945

New York, NY

Salary Range45k - 97k$66k$66,491

West Orange, NJ

Salary Range45k - 96k$66k$65,858

Olympia, WA

Salary Range44k - 84k$61k$61,442

Farmington, NM

Salary Range43k - 84k$61k$60,809

Boston, MA

Salary Range38k - 82k$57k$56,519

Austin, TX

Salary Range38k - 78k$55k$55,112

Hampton, VA

Salary Range36k - 76k$53k$52,928

Washington, DC

Salary Range36k - 75k$52k$52,157

Albany, OR

Salary Range36k - 71k$51k$51,026
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High Paying Park Ranger Jobs

Which Companies Pay Park Rangers The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Washington State Employees Credit Union and The State of Oregon as they offer the highest salaries for park rangers.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Washington State Employees Credit Union
Salary Range53k - 67k$60k$60,192
The State of Oregon
Salary Range47k - 68k$57k$57,243
Chula Vista
Salary Range41k - 70k$54k$54,025
HR Houston
Salary Range48k - 59k$54k$53,574
Frederick Community College
Salary Range43k - 59k$51k$51,269
National Park Service
Salary Range41k - 50k$46k$45,883
Dakota County Social Svc
Salary Range37k - 48k$43k$42,822
United States Army
Salary Range32k - 49k$40k$40,263
City of FarmingtonNM
Salary Range30k - 48k$39k$38,599
City of Jacksonville
Salary Range32k - 39k$36k$36,229
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$70k

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Park Ranger Salary History

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    Recently Added Park Ranger Salaries

    Location
    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Park Ranger
    Park Ranger
    Bode, IA
    Bode, IA
    01/30/2021
    01/30/2021
    $54,600
    $54,600
    01/30/2021
    Colorado State
    Colorado State
    Temporary Limited Commissioned Ranger-Lake Pueblo State Park
    Temporary Limited Commissioned Ranger-Lake Pueblo State Park
    Temporary Limited Commissioned Ranger-Lake Pueblo State Park
    Pueblo, CO
    Pueblo, CO
    01/28/2021
    01/28/2021
    $29,740
    $29,740
    01/28/2021
    Park Ranger
    Park Ranger
    Williamsburg, VA
    Williamsburg, VA
    01/27/2021
    01/27/2021
    $42,637
    $42,637
    01/27/2021
    Variable Park Ranger II
    Variable Park Ranger II
    Lakewood, CO
    Lakewood, CO
    01/27/2021
    01/27/2021
    $35,479
    $35,479
    01/27/2021
    Temporary Limited Commissioned Ranger-John Martin Reservoir State Park
    Temporary Limited Commissioned Ranger-John Martin Reservoir State Park
    Denver, CO
    Denver, CO
    01/24/2021
    01/24/2021
    $25,733
    $25,733
    01/24/2021
    Park Ranger 2 (Statewide) In-Training 03892
    Park Ranger 2 (Statewide) In-Training 03892
    Olympia, WA
    Olympia, WA
    01/22/2021
    01/22/2021
    $41,352
    $41,352
    01/22/2021
    County of Cabarrus Nc
    County of Cabarrus Nc
    Park Ranger Seasonal)
    Park Ranger Seasonal)
    Park Ranger Seasonal)
    Concord, NC
    Concord, NC
    01/22/2021
    01/22/2021
    $27,841
    $27,841
    01/22/2021
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Florida Department of Transportation
    OPS Park Ranger
    OPS Park Ranger
    OPS Park Ranger
    Fellsmere, FL
    Fellsmere, FL
    01/21/2021
    01/21/2021
    $20,870
    $20,870
    01/21/2021
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Park Ranger
    Park Ranger
    Park Ranger
    Saint George, AK
    Saint George, AK
    01/21/2021
    01/21/2021
    $26,000
    $26,000
    01/21/2021
    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    Dcnr Ranger-Prince Gallitzin State Park
    Dcnr Ranger-Prince Gallitzin State Park
    Dcnr Ranger-Prince Gallitzin State Park
    Patton, PA
    Patton, PA
    01/20/2021
    01/20/2021
    $41,323
    $41,323
    01/20/2021