From hostess to lifeguard, here's how much different jobs pay at amusement parks like Disney and Six Flags

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The annual pay of amusement park workers vary.
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  • Insider looked at data from BLS to see how much employees at amusement parks and arcades make.
  • General and operations managers make $66,220 a year, for example. 
  • Here's what workers of different occupations typically make if they work at an amusement park.

20. Hosts and hostesses of restaurants, lounges, and coffee shops made a median annual salary of $18,700.

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Total employed in US amusement parks and arcades: 1,120

19. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers made a median annual salary of $21,420.

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Total employed in US amusement parks and arcades: 1,080

18. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers made a median annual salary of $22,270.

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Total employed in US amusement parks and arcades: 19,540

17. Waiters and waitresses made a median annual salary of $22,660.

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Total employed in US amusement parks and arcades: 2,200

16. Fast food and counter workers made a median annual salary of $22,900.

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Total employed in US amusement parks and arcades: 9,650

15. Bartenders made a median annual salary of $22,990.

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Total employed in US amusement parks and arcades: 1,390

14. Hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers made a median annual salary of $23,410.

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Total employed in US amusement parks and arcades: 1,200

13. Recreation workers made a median annual salary of $23,550.

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Total employed in US amusement parks and arcades: 2,390

12. Amusement and recreation attendants made a median annual salary of $23,580.

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Total employed in US amusement parks and arcades: 49,100

11. Cashiers made a median annual salary of $23,590.

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Total employed in US amusement parks and arcades: 9,120

10. Customer service representatives made a median annual salary of $24,920.

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Total employed in US amusement parks and arcades: 3,040

9. Security guards made a median annual salary of $27,320.

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Total employed in US amusement parks and arcades: 2,540

8. Janitors and cleaners made a median annual salary of $28,350.

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Total employed in US amusement parks and arcades: 1,940

7. Retail salespersons made a median annual salary of $29,120.

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Total employed in US amusement parks and arcades: 2,620

6. First-line supervisors of entertainment and recreation workers (except gambling services) made a median annual salary of $35,250.

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Total employed in US amusement parks and arcades: 5,150

5. Maintenance and repair workers made a median annual salary of $37,030.

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Total employed in US amusement parks and arcades: 4,090

4. First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers made a median annual salary of $37,980.

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Total employed in US amusement parks and arcades: 1,000

3. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks made a median annual salary of $38,180.

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Total employed in US amusement parks and arcades: 1,190

2. Coin, vending, and amusement machine servicers and repairers made a median annual salary of $42,290.

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Total employed in US amusement parks and arcades: 1,380

1. General and operations managers made a median annual salary of $66,220.

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Total employed in US amusement parks and arcades: 4,080

Method and data source

The salaries of amusement park workers in the US vary widely. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program offers data on employment and wages across different occupations and industries.

According to BLS, the amusement parks and arcades industry employed about 153,360 people in May 2021, the most recent period for which data is available. The typical annual wage for all occupations in this industry is lower than the median for all occupations regardless of industry. The median annual wage in the amusement parks and arcades industry was $26,730, far below the median across all industries of $45,760.

For our analysis, we looked at the occupations with at least 1,000 employees in the amusement parks and arcades industry in May 2021. We then ranked this set of occupations from the lowest to highest median annual wage.

In addition to the annual salaries, the above slides also include the number of people employed in each occupation in this industry.

Andy Kiersz previously contributed to this story.

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