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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,300
25th Percentile Wage
$20,600
50th Percentile Wage
$24,920
75th Percentile Wage
$33,010
90th Percentile Wage
$43,060

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 $43,060. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $24,920. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,300. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 135% 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 guides and escorts from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201624,9203.29%3.93%
201524,1000.71%-
201423,9300.67%-
201323,770-0.72%-
201223,940--

Table 2. 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 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for tour guides and escorts occupations is the retail trade sector with an annual salary $35,380. The lowest paying sector is the information sector (annual salary $19,690).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Retail Trade
$35,380
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$28,920
Federal, State, and Local Government
$28,890
Transportation and Warehousing
$26,880
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$24,710
Manufacturing
$24,620
Accommodation and Food Services
$24,510
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$24,490
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$23,530
Health Care and Social Assistance
$23,460
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$23,060
Educational Services
$20,980
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$19,760
Information
$19,690

Table 3. 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 $18,420 to $41,950. The highest paying state for tour guides and escorts is Wyoming with a median annual salary of $41,950. The lowest paying state is North Dakota with a median annual salary of $18,420. 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
Wyoming
$41,950
Alaska
$32,670
Washington
$32,330
District of Columbia
$32,010
Nevada
$31,440
Colorado
$30,720
California
$29,640
New Mexico
$28,490
Montana
$27,980
Hawaii
$27,930
Pennsylvania
$26,480
Illinois
$25,660
Ohio
$25,650
Minnesota
$25,290
Rhode Island
$25,080
Oregon
$25,050
Utah
$24,980
Massachusetts
$24,560
Arizona
$24,450
New Jersey
$24,410
Florida
$24,380
Arkansas
$23,880
Connecticut
$23,870
Delaware
$23,860
New Hampshire
$23,800
Virginia
$23,660
Virgin Islands
$23,620
South Dakota
$23,520
New York
$23,490
West Virginia
$23,480
Vermont
$23,450
Kansas
$23,440
Mississippi
$23,360
Oklahoma
$23,330
North Carolina
$23,310
Louisiana
$23,280
South Carolina
$22,710
Texas
$22,610
Missouri
$22,360
Georgia
$22,230
Kentucky
$22,090
Nebraska
$21,700
Wisconsin
$21,230
Maryland
$21,160
Maine
$20,930
Indiana
$20,750
Michigan
$20,080
Tennessee
$19,680
Iowa
$19,620
Alabama
$19,450
Guam
$19,190
Idaho
$18,780
Puerto Rico
$18,490
North Dakota
$18,420


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