How much can a ski instructor earn?

The big question – How much do ski instructor earn?

Once the plan of becoming a ski instructor has formed in your mind it is hard to escape your destiny but you’re still going to have some questions like… “how much will I earn?”

Ski instructors can expect to earn anywhere from €12 (£11, €14) to €60 (£55, $70) per hour. During the season an instructor will probably work between 6 and 7 hours per day over 6 days.

As you can see the wage for a ski & snowboard instructors vary wildly across the globe and can even vary between resorts in the same country.

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NB. The following wages excluded tips and bonuses – Currency conversion based on xe.c0m Sept 2018.

France: Ski instructor wage per hour from €25 to €60 (£20 to £53, €30 to €70)

To work in France as a ski or snowboard instructor takes a bit more time and patience than some other routes. But your time will be rewarded with some of the best pay and conditions for instructors in the world with experienced instructors earning €60+.

Find out more about how to become a ski instructor in France 

Switzerland: Ski instructor wage per hour from €19 to €44 (£16 to £39, $22 to $51)

Dave Burrows owner of SnowPros ski school located in the Swiss resort of Chatel told us that the starting wage for a Level 2 qualified instructor starts at around 30CHF (€26) an hour in most resorts.  Once you hold a Level 4 ISTD you can expect to earn 50CHF($44) or more. However, it is worth noting that in bigger resorts wages can be as low as 22CHF (€19) an hour.

UK:  Ski instructor wage per hour from  €9.25 (£8.25, $11)

The answer to “how much does a ski instructor earn in the UK” is, not much. UK instructors get one of the lowest salaries in the world. The lowest we have seen is £8.25 per hour but job site puts the average at around £10.30 per hour. The need for instructors with Level 3 and above is low and the jobs so rarely advertised it hard to know the exact wage for coaches etc but we would estimate around £18 ph.

Further reading: Where you can work in the UK as a ski or snowboard instructor


Italy: Ski instructor wage per hour from €25 to €60 (£20 to £53, €30 to €70)

Wages for ski instructors in Italy are similar to those received by instructors in France. Italian Careers advisor Roberto Paolini has done research that suggests that wages start at €30 per hour increasing with experience. And you get called Maestro di Sci.

Austria: Ski instructor wage per hour from €8.70 to €18 ( £7.70 to £16, $10 to $21)

In Austria, often they pay a monthly wage which starts at $876 for a trainee and a master will earn around €1500 per month. The Austrian working week is 40 hours meaning that even top-level instructors could only earn around €8.70. But we have seen evidence that in a big resort and with bonuses the wage can be as high as €18 per hour.

Norway: Ski instructor wage per hour from €18 to €28.50 (£16 to £25, $21 to $33)

Our research suggests that Norway is in the top wage bracket for instructors with wages just below the big payers of France and Switzerland.

Canada: Ski instructor wage per hour from €9 to €26 (£8.20 to £23, $10.70 to $30.70)

The wages start low in Canada with jobs listed from a low as 13 CAD but rising to 45 CAD with higher qualifications and experience. One of the better-paid locations is Lake Lousie near the town of Banff. 

Find out about a Ski Instructor Internship in Canada  


USA:  Ski instructor wage per hour from €6.20 to €18.80 ( £5.5 to £16, $7.25 to $22)

If you are thinking about working as a ski instructor in the USA then you are in luck as 1000’s are advertised every year, from small ski fields to the giants like Aspen.

The bad news is that wages are as low as €7.25 per hour with the average around $11.64. It is worth remembering that Americans are notoriously good tippers.

New Zealand:  Ski instructor wage per hour from €9.20 t0 €18 (£8.20 to £16, $11 to $21)

This is most definitely a lifestyle job with wages that start at 16NZD which is also the local minimum wage. Some resorts like the popular Mt Ruapehu have a starting wage of 19NZD.

It should also be mentioned that New Zealand ski areas are prone to closure due to high winds and it will be in your contract that you will not be paid for these days.

JAPAN: Ski instructor wage per hour from €13 to €21.5 (£11.60 to £19, $15 to $25)

Many of the ski instructors recruited to work in Japan are recruited internationally and wages typically start at ¥1700 moving up around ¥400 with experience and qualifications. As so many ski instructors are international many ski schools and resorts offer accommodation packages.


There are other countries where you can work as an instructor such as Australia, Spain, Andorra, Chile an Argentina where ISIA members can work  with ease and the wages start around €15 to €17 per hour moving up to €20 for those holding a higher qualification.


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