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I'm thinking about closing my business and seeking a National Park job with a concessionaire during the 2019 spring to fall season. First, I need to do some financial planning. If anyone can give me a rough estimate of an hourly or weekly wage for an entry level position, I'd appreciate it. I'm thinking I might like working as a clerk in a store, front desk in a hotel, or a tour guide. I've tried to find salary information on job descriptions, but that information does not seem to be included. Thanks in advance.

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A couple of basic guidelines.  Most park concessionaires pay around the minimum wage for entry level.  Small parks sometimes pay a little more than big parks.  Non-park seasonal tends to pay a little more than in park concessionaires...with the exception of ski resorts.  Tipped positions can pay somewhere to a little better to extremely better than non-tipped positions depending on the place.

Concessionaires rarely have their own tour guides.  While there are many guides in the parks...most are coming in from the outside.  I have worked at non-park seasonal places where they do have guides that include parks on their tour if that is an option.  Some parks have concierge positions, but that's not really a guide.

The expenses side of the equation is something that needs to be considered.  There are usually big housing and food savings.  There can also be opportunities to spend a lot of extra money.  Two people can be earning the same amount working similar hours, and one can leave with a nice chunk of cash, another can lose money on the season.

Thanks for your help, Keith

Thanks Keith. That's super helpful!


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