How much does a Park Ranger make in the United States?

Average Park Ranger Yearly Salary in the United States

Park Rangers earn an average yearly salary of $29,400. Salaries typically start from $13,000 and go up to $49,000.

Average Park Ranger Hourly Wage in the United States

Park Rangers earn an average hourly wage of $14.13. Hourly wages typically start from $6.25 and go up to $23.56.

Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

Learn more about the Park Ranger job market for salaries of real jobs in your area. Alternatively, see what Park Rangers earn in other states.

There are different levels of park rangers. Some are hired to work temporarily during the summer. Others are hired for permanent full-time positions. There are a few things that can determine a starting park ranger salary, such as the park agency (federal or state), the size of the park and the scope of the job, the park ranger position (protective park ranger, cultural park ranger etc.), education, and experience. Since most park rangers work for the government, they also have health care and pension plans on top of salary.

Individuals who gain experience and time on the job may move to higher paying salaries, such as park superintendent, or park director. Retired park managers sometimes move into law enforcement positions.

Employment Type Mix

65%
Full-Time
35%
Part-Time

Source: Sokanu user data. View more Park Ranger demographics

Salary Satisfaction

2.9
SCORE
118
RATINGS
Park Rangers average a score of 2.9 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Park Rangers in the 36th percentile of salary satisfaction.

Source: Sokanu user data. View more Park Ranger satisfaction

How to Become a Park Ranger

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good park ranger? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Jobs in your area
    • Loading jobs...
    View all jobs →

Park Ranger Earnings by Seniority

Top End Park Ranger Earnings

The highest earning Park Rangers in the United States earn:

$23.56
an hour
$49,000
per year
Senior Park Ranger Earnings

Senior Park Rangers in the United States earn:

$17.55
an hour
$36,500
per year
Experienced Park Ranger Earnings

Experienced Park Rangers in the United States earn:

$13.00
an hour
$27,040
per year
Junior Park Ranger Earnings

Junior Park Rangers in the United States earn:

$8.83
an hour
$18,360
per year
Starting Park Ranger Earnings

Starting Park Rangers in the United States earn:

$6.25
an hour
$13,000
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Find your perfect career

Would you make a good park ranger? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

80% Match?
Take the free career test

Park Ranger Salary Comparison

Park Rangers earn more than 41% percent of similar careers in the United States.

Agronomist Salary $43k
Arborist Salary $38k
Park Naturalist Salary $38k
Golf Course Superintendent Salary $30k
Landscaper Salary $30k
Park Ranger Salary $29k
Lawn Care Specialist Salary $29k
Irrigation Technician Salary $28k
Greenhouse Technician Salary $28k
Forest and Conservation Worker Salary $25k
Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)