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Job Description: Guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as streets, schools, railroad crossings, or construction sites.

Life As a Crossing Guard: What Do They Do?

  • Stop speeding vehicles to warn drivers of traffic laws.
  • Communicate traffic and crossing rules and other information to students and adults.
  • Learn the location and purpose of street traffic signs within assigned patrol areas.
  • Direct traffic movement or warn of hazards, using signs, flags, lanterns, and hand signals.
  • Guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as street and railroad crossings and construction sites.
  • Inform drivers of detour routes through construction sites.

Crossing Guard Needed Skills

When polled, Crossing Guards say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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

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.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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  • Crossing Tender

Are There Job Opportunities for Crossing Guards?

There were about 74,300 jobs for Crossing Guard in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.5% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 6,300 new jobs for Crossing Guard by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 14,500 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Crossing Guard are Utah, Nevada, and Idaho. Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, New Jersey, or South Dakota. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Crossing Guard Salary

The typical yearly salary for Crossing Guards is somewhere between $19,320 and $47,810.


Crossing Guards who work in Alaska, New York, or Washington, make the highest salaries.

How much do Crossing Guards make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $22,770
Alaska $53,960
Arizona $23,300
Arkansas $21,710
California $37,450
Colorado $31,420
Delaware $33,280
District of Columbia $34,890
Florida $25,230
Georgia $29,780
Hawaii $30,870
Idaho $27,520
Illinois $34,010
Indiana $26,650
Iowa $30,260
Kansas $29,500
Kentucky $27,670
Louisiana $24,450
Maine $24,840
Maryland $28,350
Massachusetts $33,840
Michigan $24,670
Minnesota $41,000
Mississippi $23,850
Missouri $30,000
Montana $29,900
Nebraska $23,660
Nevada $27,470
New Hampshire $32,750
New Jersey $32,920
New Mexico $24,980
New York $37,220
North Carolina $24,220
North Dakota $32,510
Ohio $29,650
Oklahoma $21,660
Oregon $33,560
Pennsylvania $30,210
Rhode Island $35,550
South Carolina $24,170
South Dakota $29,200
Tennessee $34,540
Texas $23,050
Utah $26,100
Vermont $31,230
Virginia $29,900
Washington $50,970
Wisconsin $32,100
Wyoming $34,570

What Tools do Crossing Guards Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Crossing Guards:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Payroll software

Becoming a Crossing Guard

What education is needed to be a Crossing Guard?


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Who Employs Crossing Guards?


The table below shows the approximate number of Crossing Guards employed by various industries.



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