The starting pay for a new lifeguard is $17.00 per hour with an additional bonus of 50 cents per every hour worked given for every guard who works until the end of the season (30 hours worked after 8/15).  On top of this, every guard is eligible for the opportunity to earn an additional bonus (Elite Lifeguard Bonus) of 50 cents for every hour worked by meeting the standards in their AMS Manual and doing an excellent job consistently throughout the summer. In total, every guard is eligible for an extra $1.00 for every hour worked over the summer.

In summary, a first year lifeguard will make $18.00 per hour if they meet all requirements in the AMS manual.