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Tour and Travel Guides Salary Information

The salary statistics of tour and travel guides are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of tour and travel guides within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The tour and travel guides annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Tour and Travel Guides Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,530
25th Percentile Wage
$21,310
50th Percentile Wage
$25,770
75th Percentile Wage
$34,110
90th Percentile Wage
$45,370

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for tour and travel guides. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) tour and travel guides is $45,370. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $25,770. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,530. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 144% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of tour and travel guides from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$25,770
1.55% 5.20%
2016
$25,370
2.84% -
2015
$24,650
0.28% -
2014
$24,580
0.33% -
2013
$24,500
0.29% -
2012
$24,430
- -

Table 2. Tour and Travel Guides Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of tour and travel guides in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for tour and travel guides occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $31,390. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $23,120).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$31,390
Transportation and Warehousing
$29,510
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$29,480
Information
$29,390
Retail Trade
$29,220
Federal, State, and Local Government
$28,150
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$26,700
Health Care and Social Assistance
$26,650
Manufacturing
$25,970
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$25,150
Accommodation and Food Services
$25,090
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$24,350
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$24,250
Educational Services
$23,120

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Tour and Travel Guides by States

From the above tables we note that not only tour and travel guides salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of tour and travel guides in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,800 to $34,110. The highest paying state for tour and travel guides is Washington with a median annual salary of $34,110. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,800. For more salary information of tour and travel guides profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Washington
$34,110
New Hampshire
$33,640
Alaska
$31,290
Wyoming
$30,850
Nevada
$30,570
District of Columbia
$30,430
California
$30,170
Colorado
$29,410
Hawaii
$29,390
Rhode Island
$28,790
Virgin Islands
$27,770
New York
$27,710
Oregon
$27,630
Arkansas
$27,280
West Virginia
$27,010
Minnesota
$26,860
New Mexico
$26,770
Massachusetts
$26,740
Illinois
$26,560
Delaware
$26,490
New Jersey
$26,360
Connecticut
$26,290
Pennsylvania
$26,200
Florida
$25,970
South Carolina
$25,450
South Dakota
$25,200
Virginia
$24,900
Vermont
$24,610
Arizona
$24,570
Ohio
$24,510
Montana
$24,450
Idaho
$24,340
Georgia
$23,810
Utah
$23,650
Oklahoma
$23,600
Louisiana
$23,510
Kentucky
$23,360
North Carolina
$23,060
Kansas
$22,870
Missouri
$22,600
Maryland
$22,290
Iowa
$22,180
Nebraska
$22,120
Texas
$21,980
Michigan
$21,940
Mississippi
$21,800
Alabama
$21,690
Wisconsin
$21,380
Maine
$20,540
Indiana
$20,380
North Dakota
$20,230
Guam
$20,150
Tennessee
$19,670
Puerto Rico
$18,800



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