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Career Profile: Crossing Guards and Flaggers

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

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 85,500 people employed as crossing guards and flaggers in the United States. The median annual salary is $30,800. Entry level employees earn approximately $20,960 per year and senior employees earn approximately $51,500 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Direct or escort pedestrians across streets, stopping traffic, as necessary.
  • Guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as street and railroad crossings and construction sites.
  • Discuss traffic routing plans and control-point locations with superiors.
  • Inform drivers of detour routes through construction sites.
  • Monitor traffic flow to locate safe gaps through which pedestrians can cross streets.
  • Communicate traffic and crossing rules and other information to students and adults.
  • Direct traffic movement or warn of hazards, using signs, flags, lanterns, and hand signals.
  • Report unsafe behavior of children to school officials.
  • Record license numbers of vehicles disregarding traffic signals, and report infractions to appropriate authorities.
  • Distribute traffic control signs and markers at designated points.
  • Stop speeding vehicles to warn drivers of traffic laws.
  • Learn the location and purpose of street traffic signs within assigned patrol areas.

Career List

Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
85,500
Annual Openings:
19,100
Increase in Openings by 2030:
13%
Annual Salary Range:
$20,960 - $51,500
Education Requirements:
Some high school