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Cedar Point now hiring for 6,500 jobs ahead of 2022 season: Starting pay drops $5 an hour compared to last year

Cedar Point, which is going cashless this year, will open for the 2022 season on Saturday, May 7.

SANDUSKY, Ohio — Editor's note: Video in the player at the top of this story features a front-seat ride on Cedar Point's Steel Vengeance roller coaster.

With their 2022 opening day less than three months away, Cedar Point is now hiring with 6,500 seasonal jobs available.

“Seasonal associates will earn $15 per hour for most non-tipped positions,” Cedar Point officials said in a press release Tuesday morning.

That starting pay marks a $5 dip from the $20 hourly rate Cedar Point offered to employees last year amid staffing issues at the start of the 2021 season.

3News received the following comment from Cedar Point's Tony Clark regarding the starting pay: "In 2021, our rate was $15 per hour for most positions, with a $5 per hour appreciation incentive. Associates who worked with us last season who return within six months are receiving $20 per hour in 2022."

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The 2022 job openings are within all areas of park operations, which include:

  • Bartenders and servers (tipped positions)
  • Custodial
  • Food & beverage
  • Guest services and events
  • Hotel operations
  • Ride operations
  • Security
  • Skill trade maintenance

RELATED: Cedar Point completes removal of Wicked Twister roller coaster

Cedar Point said they also plan to hire multiple full-time positions in management and operations roles throughout the park.

You can see a full listing of seasonal and full-time positions HERE. Applications can be submitted now as the park will continue hiring throughout the spring.

RELATED: Cedar Point raises ticket prices to $85 at the gate for 2022 season

“Having grown up in the area and worked seasonally at Cedar Point, I know how amazing this place is for those looking for a rewarding summer job,” said Carrie Boldman, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “On the surface, the benefits and wages are great; but on a deeper level, the connections with new friends from around the world, interactions with guests, experiences to last a lifetime and the park’s breathtaking setting make this the best place to work.”

Cedar Point lists the following perks for working at the park:

  • Flexible schedules
  • Discounts
  • Reward and recognition programs
  • Exclusive events
  • Free admission to any Cedar Fair park

On-site housing is also available for eligible associates.

RELATED: Cedar Point going cashless in 2022 with all Cedar Fair parks

Cedar Point opens for the 2022 season on Saturday, May 7. 

The park previously announced they are going cashless for the upcoming season. How will the cashless system work?

“For those guests who may not have credit or debit cards, they can convert cash to prepaid debit cards at the cash-to-card kiosks stationed around the parks,” Cedar Fair spokesperson Gary Rhodes told 3News in an e-mail last September

He added that cashless transactions are faster, safer and more secure.

"Guests can spend less time in the check-out waiting on change and more time hitting up their favorite rides or other attractions," Rhodes continued.

Ticket prices at the gate, meanwhile, have increased by $10 to a price of $85 per person. A new culinary location is also under construction where the former Antique Cars ride operated in Frontier Town.

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