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Salary for a park ranger typically starts at $14 an hour and then goes up depending on the specialty field and area in which a park ranger works. Find out more about salary for park rangers with tips from an experienced park ranger in this free career information video.

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A typical salary for a park ranger, usually you start out at right now at about fourteen dollars an hour, you know, and the the sky is the limit. You can go into a lot of different fields and positions in the state park system here in Utah. You can go into management, you can go into administration, you can go into accounting, you can go into; we have a boat boating office and a off highway vehicle office, so there are a lot of different possibilities that you can work your way into. You know, there's typically; right now I'm the assistant park manager at my state park that I work at, and I was promoted into that position a couple years ago, and you can be, move into a park manager position, or a region manager position. So there's a lot of upward mobility, which is a good thing. So the pay is limitless. You can, you know, whatever you decide to do. You can stay a park ranger your whole career, or you can, again, you could move into management, something that suits you that way. So they're very, a lot of very good things you can go into. We have interpretive programs, where pe, we have interpretive rangers, naturalists; just a lot of different things that you can get into once you get into the state park system here in Utah. Is the field growing? It definitely is growing. In the last couple years we've added two or three new state parks, and so each time we add a new state park, we need to staff that with personnel, so we're always hiring for park rangers. I, as long as I've been in, my position is in the division of state parks. It seems like every year we've hired rangers, so if you, if that's your interest, we're always hiring. We're always hiring it seems like in the other fields as well; our other non-law enforcement positions, such as naturalists, and accountants, and secretaries, and you know, administrative positions. There is a lot of growth and a lot of upward mobility that can be had in state parks.

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