How much you can earn as a ski instructor depends on your level of certification and the country in which you will teach. This is a hard question to answer as earnings can vary wildly depending on country of employment, the resort and level of qualification.
For example: A level 1 instructor in New Zealand could be employed at minimum wage which is NZ$18.90 p/h, whereas the same level of ski instructor working at a government owned Canadian resort will make between CAD$18 – $22 p/h.
An entry level ski instructor is not going to earn big bucks – but you’ll earn enough to cover your outgoings and will have an awesome time both during and outside of work.
The higher your level of qualification, the more money you will earn – most schools operate a pay scale so every additional certification you achieve will increase your income by a few dollars per hour.
Working at a big ski resort you should expect between 16 and 30 hours of work per week as a ski instructor – although this can go up to 40 hours during peak weeks. Smaller resorts often require employees to work across multiple departments, so whilst you may not spend all your time ski instructing, you should expect up to 40 hours of work per week.
In most countries level 1 ski instructors are at the entry level of employment and earn close to minimum wage for that country (plus tips!), the highest level 4 instructors can earn £50+ per hour.
Many instructors who are at the top levels in their field begin to find year-round employment as many resorts employ experienced instructors in managerial positions.
How much do ski instructor interns earn?
For the 2019/20 season our interns in Canada can expect to earn $13.85 per hour.
Government owned ski hills pay a higher minimum wage with level 1 employees earning up to $22 per hour.
For the 2019 season our interns in Queenstown will be paid according to the lesson type. Level 1 instructors can expect to earn NZ$18-20 per hour and Level 2 instructors can expect to earn NZ$20-25
The information on this page is correct at the time of publishing and reviewed annually. Last review 13 January 2020.