Disneyland is delaying its reopening — here's how much workers are paid at America's amusement parks

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The annual wage in the amusement parks industry was far below the median across all industries.
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  • On Wednesday, Disney announced the reopening of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will be delayed; the company previously planned to reopen these locations on July 17.  
  • Disney World in Florida still plans to slowly reopen in July, starting with the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11.
  • and other amusement parks have been closed over the past few months as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  • According to data from the , employ workers in a variety of occupations.
  • Here's what the typical worker in each of those occupations makes annually.
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Disney announced that it's delaying its planned July 17 reopening of its Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks in California to an unnamed date. The parks closed in March to help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The company issued a statement on Wednesday about the decision to delay the reopening, as previously reported by

"The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4," Disney Parks said in the statement. "Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials."

The delayed reopening is due to a recent increase in coronavirus cases and concerns expressed by the theme park's employees, according to the .

Downtown Disney, the shopping and restaurants district adjaccent to the theme parks, is still planned to reopen on July 9.

Disney World in Florida is still planning to gradually reopen with its previously announced reopening dates. The resort will first reopen the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11, followed by Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15. 

After concerns over the coronavirus pandemic increased, to protect guests and workers. Disney World had to furlough 43,000 of its employees starting from April 19, but these employees still have health benefits.

The salaries of amusement park workers vary widely. The Bureau of Labor Statistics'  offers data on employment and wages across different occupations and industries.

According to that report, the employed about 217,160 people in May 2019, the most recent period for which data is available. Jobs in the industry tend to be lower paying than average. The median annual wage in the amusement parks and arcades industry was $24,610, far below the median across all industries of $39,810.

Here are all the occupations with at least 1,000 employees in the amusement parks and arcades industry, ranked from lowest to highest median annual wage, along with the number of people employed in each.

26. Waiters and waitresses make an annual salary of $19,650.

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Total employed in the US: 3,030

What they do, 2020欧洲杯足彩外围app: Waiters and waitresses take orders from customers and serve food and drinks at restaurants or cafes.

25. Bartenders make an annual salary of $19,880.

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Total employed in the US: 1,200

What they do, : Bartenders mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.

24. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers make an annual salary of $20,880.

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A lifeguard runs into the water to rescue a youth that was calling for help in heavy surf due to being caught in a rip current on the Windward side of Oahu, Hawaii.
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Total employed in the US: 8,750

What they do, 2020欧洲杯足彩外围app: Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers make sure people are safe in amusement parks, whether they're in the pool or on the slopes.

23. Recreation workers make an annual salary of $21,890.

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Rahmat Gul/AP

Total employed in the US: 2,410

What they do, : Recreation workers organize and promote activities, including arts and crafts, sports, games, music, and other social activities.

21. Fast food and counter attendants make an annual salary of $22,460.

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Total employed in the US: 19,460

What they do, : Counter attendants serve food to customers from counters or steam tables. This job category includes cafe servers, cafeteria workers, and snack bar attendants.

21. Amusement and recreation attendants make an annual salary of $22,770.

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Dale Sparks/AP

Total employed in the US: 52,320

What they do, 2020欧洲杯足彩外围app: Amusement and recreation attendants operate amusement concessions, kiosks, or rides, and maintain amusement park supplies and equipment.

20. Parking attendants make an annual salary of $23,580.

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Total employed in the US: 1,110

What they do, : Parking attendants park vehicles or issue tickets for customers in a parking lot or garage

19. Cashiers make an annual salary of $23,630.

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Total employed in the US: 10,190

What they do, : Cashiers handle customers' money using cash registers or scanners. 

18. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers make an annual salary of $24,020.

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John Raoux/AP

Total employed in the US: 1,7000

What they do, 2020欧洲杯足彩外围app: Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers help customers attending events or lining up for rides. 

17. Janitors and cleaners make an annual salary of $24,350.

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Total employed in the US: 6,650

What they do, : Janitors and cleaners keep buildings clean and orderly using equipment ranging from brooms and mops to carpet cleaners and floor waxers.

16. Retail salespersons make an annual salary of $24,630.

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FILE PHOTO: Walmart department manager Karren Gomes helps stock shelves with school supplies as the retail store prepare for back to school shoppers in San Diego, California
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Total employed in the US: 8,170

What they do, : Retail salespersons sell merchandise at kiosks, stalls, or shops.

15. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks make an annual salary of $24,750.

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Total employed in the US: 1,350

What they do, : Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks accommodate hotel, motel, and resort patrons by registering and assigning rooms to guests, issuing room keys or cards, transmitting and receiving messages, keeping records of occupied rooms and guests' accounts, making and confirming reservations, and presenting statements to and collecting payments from departing guests.

14. Tour and travel guides make an annual salary of $25,040.

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Beth J. Harpaz/AP Photos

Total employed in the US: 1,540

What they do, : Tour and travel guides escort people on sightseeing tours, giving facts and explaining their significance. 

13. Restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop hosts and hostesses make an annual salary of $26,060.

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Total employed in the US: 1,700

What they do, : Host and hostesses welcome patrons, seat them at tables or in lounge, and help ensure quality of facilities and service.

12. Restaurant cooks make an annual salary of $27,370.

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Frank Augstein/AP

Total employed in the US: 3,350

What they do, 2020欧洲杯足彩外围app: Restaurant cooks prepare, season, and cook dishes.

11. Landscaping and groundskeeping workers make an annual salary of $28,060.

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A gardener irrigates a facility with imperial crowns on the grounds of the Brandenburg State Garden Show.
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Total employed in the US: 2,130

What they do, : Landscaping and groundskeeping workers take care of lawns, plants, and trees. Their duties include sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, and watering, along with keeping the area free of general trash and debris.

10. Customer service representatives make an annual salary of $28,150.

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Total employed in the US: 3,110

What they do, 2020欧洲杯足彩外围app: Customer service representatives assist customers with questions or complaints, either in person or over the phone.

9. Security guards make an annual salary of $28,800.

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Total employed in the US: 5,500

What they do, : Security guards monitor premises to prevent people from breaking the rules.

8. Laborers and freight movers make an annual salary of $28,890.

Construction laborers work on the site of a new residential building in the Hudson Yards development, August 16, 2016 in New York City.
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Total employed in the US: 1,310

What they do, : Laborers perform any sort of general labor, including moving freight or boxes.

7. Maintenance and repair workers make an annual salary of $35,810.

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JD Pooley/AP

Total employed in the US: 3,650

What they do, : Maintenance and repair workers make sure mechanical equipment is running smoothly. This includes pipe fitting, boiler repairs, welding, carpentry, and other general building repairs.

6. First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers make an annual salary of $36,970.

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Total employed in the US: 1,970

What they do, : First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers coordinate workers to ensure efficient customer service.

5. First-line supervisors of personal service and entertainment and recreation workers make an annual salary of $38,190.

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Total employed in the US: 4,600

What they do, 2020欧洲杯足彩外围app: First-line supervisors of personal service workers coordinate personal service workers like make-up artists, caddies, or maids.

4. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers make an annual salary of $38,190.

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Total employed in the US: 1,060

What they do, : First-line supervisors of retail sales workers directly supervise and coordinate activities of retail sales workers in an establishment or department.

3. Food service managers make an annual salary of $54,390.

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Total employed in the US: 1,000

What they do, : Food service managers workers plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that serves food and beverages.

2. General and operations managers make an annual salary of $69,670.

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Total employed in the US: 1,800

What they do, 2020欧洲杯足彩外围app: General and operations managers oversee other workers in a variety of tasks, whether they're administrative tasks or manual labor.

1. All other personal service managers not otherwise categorized make an annual salary of $79,280.

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Chen Jianli (C), chief executive officer of Oriental Science Fiction Valley theme park, talks with staff members during an inspection tour. REUTERS/Joseph Campbell
REUTERS/Joseph Campbell

Total employed in the US: 1,340

What they do, 2020欧洲杯足彩外围app: Managers supervise amusement park employees in general.

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