How much snowboard instructors make depends on a variety of factors – including the level of qualification and the country in which you will teach. The amount an instructor earns can vary significantly depending on country of employment, resort and level of certification.
For instance: In New Zealand a level 1 instructor can work for minimum wage which is NZ$18.90 p/h, whereas the same level of snowboard instructor working at a government owned Canadian resort will make between CAD$18 – $22 p/h.
A level 1 snowboard instructor is not going to earn big bucks – but you’ll make enough to cover food, rent, beer money and a few extras, plus you’ll have an awesome time both in and outside of work.
Snowboard instructors make more money the higher their level of qualification. Most sports schools have a pay scale so as you advance as an instructor you will earn a few more dollars per hour. As a level 1 snowboarder you should expect to earn close to minimum wage (plus tips!) in most countries. Wages quickly go up with additional qualifications, and the highest level 4 snowboard instructors can earn £50+ per hour.
Snowboard instructors at a big ski resort tend to work between 16 and 30 hours per week, although this can go up to 40 hours in peak weeks. At Smaller resorts employees may be asked to work across many departments, this means instructors may not spend all their time snowboard instructing but employees can work up to 40 hours per week.
Instructors at the top of their field can start to find year-round employment in salaried positions as many resorts place experienced instructors in managerial positions.
How much do snowboard instructor interns make?
Interns in Canada can expect to earn $13.85 per hour.
Government owned resorts pay a higher minimum wage with level 1 employees earning up to $22 per hour.
Interns in Queenstown will be paid according to the lesson type. Level 1 instructors can expect to make NZ$18-20 per hour and Level 2 instructors can expect to make NZ$20-25
The information on this page is correct at the time of publishing and reviewed annually. Last review 13 January 2020.