Park Ranger Salary Guide and Career Outlook

In the United States, the mean pay for park rangers stands at $37,382. Park rangers earn on a mean basis C$26,468 ($20,717 USD) in Canada, £25,000 ($32,932 USD) in the United Kingdom and AU$70,988 ($53,781 USD) in Australia.

For park rangers in New Zealand, the mean pay amounts to NZD$40,000 ($27,490 USD). The figure is INR7,50,393 (750,393 in Western form) ($11,489 USD) in India and R78,264 ($5,435 USD) in South Africa.

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How Much Does a Park Ranger Make per Year by State?

Park Ranger Salary US Canada UK Australia New Zealand India South Africa
Hourly Pay $17.97 C$13 £12.02 AU$25.86 NZD$19.23 INR360.77 R37.63
Annual Pay $37,382 C$26,468 £25,000 AU$53,781 NZD$40,000 INR7,50,393 R78,264

Park Ranger Salary Influencing Factors

Park rangers generally work in the public sector for national, state and local governments. Thus, the size of the agency and its budget can influence a ranger’s earnings. Experience and the level of seniority or supervision also impacts salaries.

1. Location

Park ranger salaries vary by location, often due to the size and funding priority of states, provinces or agencies for government-operated and maintained parks. For instance, Job Bank Canada reports the median wage of “Conservation and fishery officers,” which includes park rangers, at a low of C$27.99 in Quebec and a high of C$35.23 in British Columbia.

How Much Does a Park Ranger Make in the US?

Park Ranger Salary US Per Year Per Hour
Minimum $26,051 $12.52
Maximum $60,764 $29.21
Bonus Up to $1,987 Up to $0.96
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay $22,206 to $60,764

How Much Does a Park Ranger Make in Canada?

Park Ranger Salary Canada Per Year Per Hour
Minimum C$23,254 C$11.18
Maximum C$37,310 C$17.94
Bonus C$257 C$0.12
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay C$23,254 to C$37,567

How Much Does a Park Ranger Make in the UK?

Park Ranger Salary UK Per Year Per Hour
Minimum £16,000 £7.69
Maximum £30,000 £14.42
Bonus No additional pay No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay £16,000 to £30,000

How Much Does a Park Ranger Make in Australia?

Park Ranger Salary Australia Per Year Per Hour
Minimum AU$50,000 AU$24.04
Maximum AU$99,000 AU$47.60
Bonus No additional pay No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay AU$50,000 to AU$99,000

How Much Does a Park Ranger Make in New Zealand?

Park Ranger Salary New Zealand Per Year Per Hour
Minimum NZD$33,000 NZD$15.87
Maximum NZD$47,000 NZD$22.60
Bonus No additional pay No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay NZD$33,000 to NZD$47,000

 

How Much Does a Park Ranger Make in India?

Park Ranger Salary India Per Year Per Hour
Minimum INR5,77,655 INR277.72
Maximum INR9,88,959 INR475.46
Bonus INR23,487 INR11.29
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay INR5,66,755 to INR10,12,446

 

How Much Does a Park Ranger Make in South Africa?

Park Ranger Salary South Africa Per Year Per Hour
Minimum R10,800 R5.19
Maximum R216,000 R103.85
Bonus R8,000 R3.85
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay R10,800 to R216,000

 

2. Experience

In the United States, an entry-level park ranger earns a median pay of $31,000. The median rises to $37,000 at five years of experience and generally remains level through the ten-year stage. At twenty years of experience, the median for a park ranger is $53,000.

According to SalaryExpert, park rangers in Canada with one to three years of experience make C$23,524 per year. At eight years of experience, the mean pay reaches C$37,310.

The National Careers Service states that “Countryside Rangers” earn £16,000 as “starters”, £24,000 as “Experienced” managers and £30,000 at the “Highly Experienced” stage. As reported by Neuvoo, entry-level rangers in Australia earn AU$50,000 on a mean basis. More experienced rangers fetch up to AU$99,000.

For park rangers in New Zealand, entry-level pay runs at NZD$33,000. Experienced ones can earn up to NZD$42,000. With a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, pay runs from an average of NZD$35,000 to NZD$47,000. In India, salaries range from INR 5,77,655 at entry-level to INR9,88,959 for rangers with eight or more years of experience.

In India, a junior park ranger makes around INR192,000 on an annual basis and between INR480,000 and INR600,000 per year with a middle-level of seniority. Earnings reach INR960,000 annually, plus benefits, for the most senior-ranking park rangers.

3. Industry

Generally, park rangers work for governmental agencies at various levels, including local, state and national. The available budget, set based on the particular government’s priorities, influence salaries. As government employees, park rangers have their pay established by scales that take into account experience and level of supervision.

Also, the size of the park or government agency influences pay. Typically, rangers can make more at larger parks or working for the federal or national government or larger states than for city or county government-owned parks.

Schedule & Working Hours

Park rangers have varying schedules and hours that depend on the park and its location. Seasonal employment often occurs in parks, especially those that close during winter months or other times where weather impedes access to the park. The U.S. National Park Service offers full-time permanent and temporary appointments for rangers, depending on the particular park.

Generally, whether permanent, seasonal or temporary, park rangers hold full-time positions, working on a shift basis. Certain rangers in the United States may have 24-hour on-call duty. Rangers can expect to work weekends.

Job Bank Canada reports that 98 percent of “Conservation and Fishery Officers,” which include park rangers and forest rangers, work full-time. In the United Kingdom, the average work week for a “Countryside Ranger” lasts 37 hours.

According to Australia’s “Job Outlook,” approximately 79 percent of “Environmental Scientists,” which include “park rangers,” log full-time hours. Those rangers in that category work approximately 38.5 hours per week.

Bonuses & Benefits

Employment as a park ranger, especially on a permanent basis, can yield health insurance, dental and vision care and retirement benefits. In some agencies, rangers can access discounts for purchasing merchandise or lodging.

Rangers who work for the U.S. National Park Service can obtain benefits ranging from health, dental and vision coverage; life insurance equal to their annual salary (rounded to the nearest thousand) plus $2,000, and retirement. India’s senior-most rangers obtain various employment benefits.

New Zealand’s Department of Conservation offers rangers free use of back country areas and lodging, discounts on products sold in parks and outdoor gear and wear, as well as employee assistance and retirement through superannuation.

Career Outlook

O*NET reports a projected growth of five to eight percent in employment of “Park naturalists,” which includes “park rangers” through 2024. That translates to 10,600 job openings by that time. In 2014, the occupation in the United States numbered 21,000.

In Australia, between 5,001 to 10,000 jobs in the “Conservation and Fishery Officers” category may arise from turnover and new jobs by 2020. The occupation presently numbers 18,700.

According to Lantra, the United Kingdom has in excess of 5,700 countryside rangers.

Generally, applicants for park ranger positions face stiff competition. This is especially due to the limited openings often affected by budgetary constraints and low turnover in some areas. For example, one park ranger at Lake District National Park in the United Kingdom had 30 years of service as a ranger at that park.

As a result, those aspiring to park ranger positions generally need experience in a national, state or local park setting. Volunteering can afford necessary experience for prospective park rangers. Employers of rangers may prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science or a related field.

Conclusion

Park ranger salaries on average appear on the lower end comparable to other professions. Most park rangers work for governmental departments that oversee and maintain monuments, natural preservers, forests and other parks. Pay generally rises with experience and seniority. Agencies with larger budgets for parks can offer higher salaries and benefits.

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