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Tour and Travel Guides Salary Information

The salary statistics of tour and travel guides are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of tour and travel guides in the United States is shown in Table 2. 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,350
25th Percentile Wage
$20,770
50th Percentile Wage
$25,370
75th Percentile Wage
$33,920
90th Percentile Wage
$44,760

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 $44,760. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $25,370. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,350. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 143% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of tour and travel guides from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201625,3702.84%3.71%
201524,6500.28%-
201424,5800.33%-
201324,5000.29%-
201224,430--

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 information sector with an annual salary $36,410. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $19,660).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$36,410
Retail Trade
$34,970
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$30,250
Federal, State, and Local Government
$28,880
Transportation and Warehousing
$27,230
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$25,030
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$24,770
Manufacturing
$24,630
Accommodation and Food Services
$24,270
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$23,620
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$23,190
Educational Services
$21,510
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$19,760
Health Care and Social Assistance
$19,660


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