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Parking Enforcement Worker Career

Career Description

Parking Enforcement Workers patrol assigned area, such as public parking lot or section of city to issue tickets to overtime parking violators and illegally parked vehicles.

Common Work Tasks

  • Patrol an assigned area by vehicle or on foot to ensure public compliance with existing parking ordinance
  • Maintain close communications with dispatching personnel, using two-way radios or cell phones
  • Write warnings and citations for illegally parked vehicles
  • Mark tires of parked vehicles with chalk and record time of marking, and return at regular intervals to ensure that parking time limits are not exceeded
  • Respond to and make radio dispatch calls regarding parking violations and complaints
  • T rain new or temporary staff
  • Identify vehicles in violation of parking codes,  checking with dispatchers when necessary to confirm identities or to determine whether vehicles need to be booted or towed
  • Perform simple vehicle maintenance procedures such as checking oil and gas, and report mechanical problems to supervisors
  • Observe and report hazardous conditions such as missing traffic signals or signs, and street markings that need to be repainted
  • Investigate and answer complaints regarding contested parking citations, determining their validity and routing them appropriately

Other Job Titles

Parking Enforcement Workers are also known by other titles, including:

  • Surveillance Agents
  • Security Guards
  • Police Officers
  • Protective Service Workers

Education, Training, and Experience

Education and Training
  This occupation usually requires a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate’s or bachelor’s degree could be needed.

Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed.


The median annual salary for a Parking Enforcement Worker is $31,000. The top 10 percent earn more than $49,000, and the lowest 10 percent earn less than $20,000.  Median earnings in the industries employing the largest number of parking enforcement workers are:

  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools - $26,940
  • Junior Colleges - $37,450
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - $29,340

Job Outlook

  • 2006-2016 Employment growth:  N/A
  • Number of new jobs created 2006-2016: N/A
  • Employment 2006 : 11,000
  • Employment 2016:  N/A
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