Department of Natural Resources wardens may have a different job title in your state. They may go by the name of conservation rangers, wildlife resource managers, conservation wardens or fish and game wardens. Regardless of their title, their objectives remain the same – to protect the natural resources of the state by enforcing hunting and fishing laws. In some states, the responsibilities of DNR wardens extend to boating safety, rescue operations and public education programs.
National Salary Information
Nationally, the median annual salary for a DNR warden was $49,730 as of May 2010, according to a report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The top 10 percent earned at least $81,250, and the bottom 10 percent earned $31,130 or less.
States with Highest Median Salary
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, as of May 2010, DNR wardens earned the highest median salary, $68,510, in Maryland. DNR wardens in Washington earned an annual median salary of $66,650, and they earned a median wage of $62,210 in Nevada. Wisconsin DNR wardens earned an annual median wage of $55,050, while in Texas, the median salary was $54,550.
States with Lowest Median Salary
Of the states reporting data for May 2010 to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Utah showed the lowest median salary, $27,010. In Georgia, DNR wardens earned an annual median salary of $29,880, and they earned $36,120 in Florida. The median salary for DNR wardens in West Virginia was $37,690, slightly less than the $37,740 reported for South Dakota DNR wardens.
Metropolitan Areas with Highest Median Salary
Among the metropolitan areas, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, as of May 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada, Nashville, Tennessee, and Tallahassee, Florida, had the highest median salaries for DNR wardens. In the greater Las Vegas area, the annual median salary was $64,670. In the Nashville metropolitan area, the median salary for DNR wardens was $62,280. The annual median salary was $50,620 in the greater Tallahassee area.