With low lifeguard staffing at NYS beaches and pools. State lifeguard pay has increased up to 34 percent to attract qualified people and ensure beaches and pools stay open.
Governor Kathy Hochul directed a pay increase for state lifeguards. Starting pay rates for lifeguards at upstate facilities will increase from $14.95 per hour to $20 per hour.
The new pay rates will go into effect immediately for lifeguards at swimming facilities operated by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Department of Environmental Conservation.