How Much Do Valet Parking Attendants Make?

In 2008, about 136,200 valet parking attendants were working in the U.S.
In 2008, about 136,200 valet parking attendants were working in the U.S. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Valet parking attendants work at restaurants, hotels, hospitals and other establishments. When guests arrive, a valet greets them and arranges to park their vehicles. A valet parking attendant's income depends on a range of factors.


As of 2009, a valet parking attendant's average pay was $9.90 an hour, and his average yearly income was $20,600, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Valet parking attendants' pay, however, ranged as high as $28,020 a year; the median income was $19,200 a year, the bureau reports.

Salary by Location

In 2009, Vermont was the highest-paying state for this occupation, where valet attendant income averaged $26,240 a year. Washington and Montana followed, where in both states pay averaged close to $24,000 a year. Rounding out the list were Alaska and Massachusetts, where average salaries were $22,450 and $22,360 a year, respectively. The District of Columbia employed the most valet parking attendants per capita compared to the 50 states. In the District of Columbia, 2,290 parking attendants averaged $21,380 a year. The highest paying metropolitan area was Danbury, Connecticut, where the average parking valet income was $28,410, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Salary by Industry

Warehousing and storage was the highest-paying industry for this field in 2009, employing 90 valet parking attendants at an average $27,320 a year. State governments and social advocacy organizations followed; 109 valet attendants averaged $26,710 a year working for state governments and the 70 valet attendants working for social advocacy organizations averaged $24,700. Rounding out the list were specialty hospitals and physicians' offices; specialty hospitals employed 70 valet attendants, who earned $24,110 a year on average, and physicians' offices employed 60 attendants, whose salaries averaged $24,010. The personal services industry employed the most valet parking attendants: 74,090. Salaries in this sector averaged $20,070 a year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

Other Factors

Other factors that can affect a valet parking attendant's earnings are appearance, demeanor and professionalism. Because valets often collect tips from patrons, those who have a clean-cut appearance, a friendly manner and conduct themselves courteously are more likely to receive higher tips.

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