How Much Does A Game Warden Make?

A game warden protects wildlife from poachers. They enforce laws set forth by the game commission. They monitor illegal activity in a designated area in and out of hunting season to ensure the safety of game animals.

Game Warden Salary

Average Game Warden Annual Salary

$54,760

The average annual salary for game wardens is $54,760 a year. Salaries start at $34,360 a year and go up to $77,440 a year.

Average Game Warden Hourly Wage

$26.33

The average hourly wage for a game warden is $26.33. Hourly wages were between $16.52 and $37.23 an hour.

Stats were based out of 6,610 employed game wardens in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Game Warden

$77,440/year $37.23/hour

(Top 10% of Game Wardens)


Senior Game Warden

$65,610/year $31.55/hour

(Top 25% of Game Wardens)


Mid Level Game Warden

$51,730/year $24.87/hour

(Median)


Junior Game Warden

$42,010/year $20.20/hour

(Bottom 25% of Game Wardens)


Entry Level Game Warden

$34,360/year $16.52/hour

(Bottom 10% of Game Wardens)


Game Warden Average Salary Comparison

Detectives and Criminal Investigators
$81k / year
$39 / hour
Transit and Railroad Police
$67k / year
$32 / hour
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
$62k / year
$30 / hour
Fish and Game Wardens
$54k / year
$26 / hour
Correctional Officers and Jailers
$46k / year
$22 / hour
Bailiffs
$45k / year
$21 / hour
Parking Enforcement Workers
$39k / year
$19 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Game Wardens

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Game Wardens

Game Warden Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 Illinois $42.49 $88,370
#2 Iowa $39.40 $81,950
#3 New Jersey $39.32 $81,780
#4 Maryland $37.06 $77,080
#5 California $35.85 $74,560
#6 New York $33.25 $69,160
#7 Texas $32.16 $66,900
#8 Washington $30.66 $63,780
#9 Nevada $29.71 $61,800
#10 Tennessee $29.17 $60,670
#11 Ohio $28.08 $58,410
#12 Hawaii $27.97 $58,170
#13 Connecticut $27.27 $56,730
#14 Michigan $27.13 $56,430
#15 Vermont $26.71 $55,570
#16 Oklahoma $23.98 $49,870
#17 Idaho $23.92 $49,760
#18 Virginia $23.56 $49,010
#19 Alabama $23.53 $48,930
#20 Wisconsin $23.14 $48,120
#21 Maine $23.10 $48,040
#22 Arizona $22.82 $47,460
#23 South Carolina $22.78 $47,380
#24 Massachusetts $22.55 $46,900
#25 North Dakota $22.51 $46,830
#26 Kansas $21.67 $45,070
#27 Montana $21.41 $44,530
#28 New Mexico $20.67 $42,990
#29 South Dakota $20.40 $42,430
#30 West Virginia $19.97 $41,540
#31 Mississippi $18.57 $38,620
#32 North Carolina $18.35 $38,160
#33 Georgia $17.98 $37,400

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Career Spotlight: Game Warden

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