Parking Attendants: Salary Overview
Parking attendants park vehicles or issue tickets for customers in a parking lot or garage.
They may also park vehicles in car dealerships or rental car facilities.
A parking attendant may also be responsible for keeping track of positions with a parking grid and car keys.
Their job description also includes contacting the police or towing companies when a car is not parked properly and to report debris, hazards, and other concerns to the appropriate institutions.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for parking attendants was $25,140 per year which means that half of all workers in this profession earned less than this amount while half earned more.
Salaries for this profession vary depending on experience level, education, and many other factors.
The lowest 10 percent earned less than $18,850 per year while the top 10 percent made more than $36,000.
Some parking attendants are paid on a fixed salary basis while others earn an hourly wage.
Hourly wages also vary depending on experience level and industry of employment but the median rate for this profession was $12.09.
If you’re paid an hourly wage then your total earnings will also depend on the number of hours you work.
Parking Attendant Salary by Industry
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the biggest employers for parking attendants were the field of other personal services, automobile dealers, and the field of travel accommodation.
Parking attendants who worked in the field of other personal services reportedly earned $26,500 per year while those who worked for automobile dealers earned $26,630 per year, on average.
In the field of travel accommodation, parking attendants earned, on average, $25,070.
Parking attendants in the field of employment services reportedly earned $25,650 per year, on average while those in real estate earned $28,510.
The report shows that the top-paying industries for this occupation were death care services, merchant wholesalers of machinery, equipment, and supplies, and companies that provide support activities for air transportation.
Parking attendants hired by death care services companies reportedly earned $40,430 per year on average, while those who worked for wholesalers earned $35,960 per year on average.
Companies that provide support activities for air transportation reportedly paid parking attendants with $34,310 per year on average.
Salaries for parking attendants also vary depending on the region and the state of employment.
Parking attendants in Massachusetts reported the highest average annual wage.
Other top-paying states were Washington, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia.
In these top-paying states, the average annual wages reported by parking attendants were over $30,000 per year.
Lower salaries were reported by parking attendants in Mississippi and Louisiana, where the average annual wages for these occupations were $19,960 and 20,800 respectively.
Parking Attendant Salary by Experience Level
Salaries for parking assistants also vary depending on experience level.
According to a report published by payscale.com, parking assistants who had less than 1 year of experience earned $10.45 per hour on average while those with more than 20 years of experience reported, on average, a wage of $16.50 per hour.
Parking assistants who had between 1 and 4 years of experience reportedly earned $12.02 per hour on average while those who had between 5-9 years of experience earned $10.83 per hour.
The average hourly rate was $12.19 for parking assistants with 10-19 years of experience.
Your skills may also help you earn a higher-than-average salary as a parking assistant.
Having customer service skills, communication abilities, and speaking more than one language can help increase your earning prospects.
* Based on information from the May 2021 salary report from the BLS. The figures represent accumulated data for all states of employment for Parking Attendants. BLS data represents averages and medians for workers at all levels of education and experience. This data doesn't represent starting salaries.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.