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What Does it Take to Be a Parking Lot Attendant?

Career Description Park vehicles or issue tickets for customers in a parking lot or garage. May collect fee.

List of Parking Lot Attendant Job Duties

  • Perform cash handling tasks, such as making change, balancing and recording cash drawer, or distributing tips.
  • Greet customers and open their car doors.
  • Lift, position, and remove barricades to open or close parking areas.
  • Direct motorists to parking areas or parking spaces, using hand signals or flashlights as necessary.
  • Park and retrieve automobiles for customers in parking lots, storage garages, or new car lots.
  • Review motorists' identification before allowing them to enter parking facilities.

Things a Parking Lot Attendant Should Know How to Do

Below is a list of the skills most Parking Lot Attendants say are important on the job.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Other Parking Lot Attendant Job Titles

  • Car Runner
  • Ramp Jockey
  • Parking Attendant
  • Car Hostler
  • Guest Services Agent

Job Outlook for Parking Lot Attendants

There were about 151,600 jobs for Parking Lot Attendant in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 6.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 9,400 new jobs for Parking Lot Attendant by 2026. There will be an estimated 23,900 positions for Parking Lot Attendant per year.


The states with the most job growth for Parking Lot Attendant are Utah, Colorado, and Florida. Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, Missouri, or Minnesota. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Parking Lot Attendant

The typical yearly salary for Parking Lot Attendants is somewhere between $18,490 and $33,490.


Parking Lot Attendants who work in Washington, Massachusetts, or Maine, make the highest salaries.

How much do Parking Lot Attendants make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $22,040
Alaska $26,810
Arizona $24,610
Arkansas $33,970
California $28,250
Colorado $26,230
Connecticut $28,190
Delaware $23,560
District of Columbia $28,490
Florida $21,850
Georgia $20,150
Hawaii $27,170
Idaho $19,320
Illinois $28,000
Indiana $22,760
Iowa $23,460
Kansas $21,910
Kentucky $21,870
Louisiana $20,500
Maine $29,070
Maryland $23,900
Massachusetts $30,660
Michigan $23,280
Minnesota $26,090
Mississippi $19,020
Missouri $23,110
Montana $23,000
Nebraska $27,000
Nevada $24,940
New Hampshire $25,930
New Jersey $24,720
New Mexico $23,040
New York $26,220
North Carolina $22,860
North Dakota $25,660
Ohio $22,360
Oklahoma $21,930
Oregon $26,360
Pennsylvania $24,510
Rhode Island $24,740
South Carolina $20,760
South Dakota $24,840
Tennessee $23,190
Texas $23,060
Utah $24,390
Vermont $27,780
Virginia $25,210
Washington $31,390
West Virginia $22,570
Wisconsin $23,170
Wyoming $25,540

Tools & Technologies Used by Parking Lot Attendants

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Parking Lot Attendants:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Email software

Becoming a Parking Lot Attendant

Education needed to be a Parking Lot Attendant:


How many years of work experience do I need?


Who Employs Parking Lot Attendants?


The table below shows the approximate number of Parking Lot Attendants employed by various industries.


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