How Much Do Fish and Game Wardens Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Fish and Game Wardens

Fish and Game Wardens patrol assigned area to prevent fish and game law violations. Investigate reports of damage to crops or property by wildlife. Compile biological data.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$57810 per year
Hourly wage
$28 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$29,880 to $44,250 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$14 to $21 per hour

Entry-level Fish and Game Wardens with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $29,880 to $44,250 per year or $14 to $21 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Fish and Game Wardens to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $39 $81,960
Senior (Top 25%) $34 $70,270
Middle (Mid 50%) $28 $58,040
Junior (Bottom 25%) $21 $44,250
No experience (Bottom 10%) $14 $29,880

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $42 $88,150
NJ $41 $85,010
IL $38 $79,730
WA $37 $77,330
IA $35 $72,890
MN $34 $71,360
OH $34 $71,230
TN $33 $69,640
IN $33 $69,510
NY $32 $66,980

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Fish and Game Warden is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Fish and Game Wardens are in the states of CA, NJ, IL, WA and IA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
State Government $58250 $28.01
Local Government $51770 $24.89

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