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Working as a Wilderness Guide

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a wilderness guide. For example, did you know that they make an average of $15.41 an hour? That's $32,059 a year!

What Does a Wilderness Guide Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a wilderness guide, we found that a lot of resumes listed 14.0% of wilderness guides included responder, while 12.9% of resumes included cpr, and 11.9% of resumes included alaskan. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the wilderness guide job title. But what industry to start with? Most wilderness guides actually find jobs in the non profits and hospitality industries.

How To Become a Wilderness Guide

If you're interested in becoming a wilderness guide, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 65.2% of wilderness guides have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 23.2% of wilderness guides have master's degrees. Even though most wilderness guides have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a wilderness guide. When we researched the most common majors for a wilderness guide, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on wilderness guide resumes include high school diploma degrees or associate degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a wilderness guide. In fact, many wilderness guide jobs require experience in a role such as internship. Meanwhile, many wilderness guides also have previous career experience in roles such as instructor or camp counselor.

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Wilderness Guide Jobs

Wilderness Guide Career Paths

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Average Salary for a Wilderness Guide

Wilderness Guides in America make an average salary of $32,059 per year or $15 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $50,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $20,000 per year.
Average Salary
$32,059

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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Wilderness Dogsled Expedition Guide
Wilderness Dogsled Expedition Guide
Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, Inc.
Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, Inc.
09/30/2015
09/30/2015
$22,24709/30/2015
$22,247
Wilderness Dogsled Expedition Guide
Wilderness Dogsled Expedition Guide
Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, Inc.
Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, Inc.
09/25/2015
09/25/2015
$22,24709/25/2015
$22,247
Wilderness Dogsled Expedition Guide
Wilderness Dogsled Expedition Guide
Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, Inc.
Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, Inc.
09/23/2015
09/23/2015
$22,24709/23/2015
$22,247
Wilderness Dogsled Expedition Guide
Wilderness Dogsled Expedition Guide
Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, Inc.
Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, Inc.
09/10/2015
09/10/2015
$22,24709/10/2015
$22,247

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Wilderness Guide Demographics

Gender

male

58.4 %

female

37.8 %

unknown

3.8 %

Ethnicity

White

74.9 %

Hispanic or Latino

11.0 %

Asian

5.9 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.5 %

French

26.1 %

German

13.0 %
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Wilderness Guide Education

Majors

Degrees

Bachelors

65.2 %

Masters

23.2 %

Certificate

3.5 %

Top Colleges for Wilderness Guides

1. Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

In-State Tuition
$53,740
Enrollment
5,567

2. Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MO

In-State Tuition
$53,399
Enrollment
7,356

3. Hunter College of the City University of New York

New York, NY

In-State Tuition
$7,182
Enrollment
16,205

4. Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

In-State Tuition
$52,588
Enrollment
1,544

5. University of Washington

Seattle, WA

In-State Tuition
$11,207
Enrollment
30,905

6. New York University

New York, NY

In-State Tuition
$51,828
Enrollment
26,339

7. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

8. Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA

In-State Tuition
$18,454
Enrollment
40,108

9. Duke University

Durham, NC

In-State Tuition
$55,695
Enrollment
6,596

10. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

In-State Tuition
$50,420
Enrollment
7,582
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Top Wilderness Guide Employers

1. CampCo
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$28,518
Wilderness Guides Hired: 
13+
2. Boy Scouts of America
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$36,535
Wilderness Guides Hired: 
7+
3. Northern Tier
3.7
Avg. Salary: 
$42,335
Wilderness Guides Hired: 
5+
4. Camp Lincoln
3.3
Avg. Salary: 
$31,887
Wilderness Guides Hired: 
3+
5. Rite of Passage
3.4
Avg. Salary: 
$44,000
Wilderness Guides Hired: 
2+
6. Camp Timber-lee
3.8
Avg. Salary: 
$32,080
Wilderness Guides Hired: 
2+

Recently Added Wilderness Guide Jobs

Updated October 2, 2020