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Tour Guides and Escorts Salary Information

The salary statistics of tour guides and escorts are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of tour guides and escorts within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The tour guides and escorts annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$37,800
75th Percentile Wage
$30,570
50th Percentile Wage
$23,930
25th Percentile Wage
$18,940
10th Percentile Wage
$17,200

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for tour guides and escorts. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) tour guides and escorts is $37,800. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $23,930. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,200. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 119% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $23,930 0.67%
2013 $23,770 -0.71%
2012 $23,940 1.35%
2011 $23,620 1.42%
2010 $23,290 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for tour guides and escorts from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 2.75%. We note that in 2013 the average salary decreased by -0.71%.We also note that the average annual wage had a moderate growth of 1.35% in 2012 and a moderate growth of 1.42% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of Tour Guides and Escorts vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Tour and Travel Guides
$24,580
Tour Guides and Escorts
$23,930
Travel Guides
$35,100

Table 4. Tour Guides and Escorts Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of tour guides and escorts in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for tour guides and escorts occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $28,270. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $20,060).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$28,270
Transportation and Warehousing
$27,820
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$27,500
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$27,370
Manufacturing
$26,320
Accommodation and Food Services
$26,100
Information
$26,050
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$23,490
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$22,100
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$21,870
Educational Services
$20,600
Retail Trade
$20,600
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$20,220
Health Care and Social Assistance
$20,060

Table 5. Median Annual Wage of Tour Guides and Escorts by States

From the above tables we note that not only tour guides and escorts 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 guides and escorts in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,050 to $34,420. The highest paying state for tour guides and escorts is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $34,420. The lowest paying state is North Dakota with a median annual salary of $18,050. For more salary information of tour guides and escorts profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$34,420
Wyoming
$30,170
New York
$30,020
Alaska
$28,020
New Mexico
$27,500
Washington
$27,290
Nevada
$27,090
Arizona
$27,050
Minnesota
$26,930
Hawaii
$26,890
California
$26,600
Montana
$25,890
Colorado
$25,840
Louisiana
$25,500
Illinois
$25,280
Oklahoma
$24,810
Delaware
$24,720
New Hampshire
$24,620
Oregon
$24,580
Rhode Island
$24,240
Florida
$24,110
Georgia
$23,750
New Jersey
$23,500
Massachusetts
$23,320
Utah
$23,250
Wisconsin
$23,040
Virginia
$22,920
Pennsylvania
$22,760
Mississippi
$22,630
North Carolina
$22,570
Arkansas
$22,520
Missouri
$21,920
Virgin Islands
$21,820
Nebraska
$21,620
Texas
$21,420
South Dakota
$21,410
Kentucky
$21,280
West Virginia
$21,020
Maryland
$20,740
Ohio
$20,590
Connecticut
$20,540
Tennessee
$20,170
Iowa
$20,010
Vermont
$19,600
Kansas
$19,470
South Carolina
$19,220
Maine
$19,170
Indiana
$19,040
Alabama
$18,800
Michigan
$18,610
Guam
$18,550
Idaho
$18,480
Puerto Rico
$18,070
North Dakota
$18,050