Park ranger earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

How much does a Park Ranger earn?

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.

How do park ranger salaries compare to similar careers?

Park rangers earn 9% less than similar careers in the United States. On average, they make less than range managers but more than grounds maintenance workers.

Career Median Salary
Range manager salary $61K
Forester salary $61K
Golf course superintendent salary $34K
Greenhouse technician salary $41K
Arborist salary $38K
Park ranger salary $28K
Landscaper salary $35K
Lawn care specialist salary $34K
Irrigation technician salary $29K
Grounds maintenance worker salary $27K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)