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Fish and Game Wardens in California

Is California a good place for you to work as a Fish and Game Warden?

$79,780 Median Salary
  • Fish and Game Wardens in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Fish and Game Wardens Work in California?

In California, there were 350 people working as Fish and Game Wardens in the year 2018.

There were 360 Fish and Game Wardens employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 10 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 110 Fish and Game Wardens working in it, which means California has more Fish and Game Wardens than average.


What do Fish and Game Wardens Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Fish and Game Wardens ranged from $53,980 to $91,320 with $79,780 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $25.95 to $43.9. The median hourly rate was $38.35.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $37.45 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.90.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top California Metros for Fish and Game Wardens

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Fish and Game Wardens.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 30 $79,700
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 30 $75,900

Top States for Fish and Game Wardens Employment

The table below shows the states where most Fish and Game Wardens work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Texas 460 $70,970
New York 400 $69,220
North Carolina 370 $39,860
California 350 $79,780
Wisconsin 340 $49,360
Virginia 210 $48,750
Michigan 200 $64,170
Georgia 200 $58,660
Indiana 170 $60,430
Oklahoma 160 $50,340
Alabama 140 $48,750
Ohio 130 $64,820
Iowa 130 $70,250
Maine 130 $61,470
South Dakota 110 $44,930
Kansas 110 $42,740
Illinois 110 $89,740
West Virginia 110 $46,090
Arizona 110 $52,800
Washington 100 $79,960

Below are the states where Fish and Game Wardens get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Illinois $89,740
Washington $79,960
California $79,780
Rhode Island $75,430
Texas $70,970
Iowa $70,250
New York $69,220
Ohio $64,820
Michigan $64,170
Wyoming $63,020

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