The salary statistics of travel agents are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of travel agents within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The travel agents 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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$21,350|
|25th Percentile Wage||$27,570|
|50th Percentile Wage||$36,990|
|75th Percentile Wage||$49,300|
|90th Percentile Wage||$62,320|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for travel agents. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) travel agents is $62,320. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $36,990. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,350. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 191% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of travel agents from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of travel agents 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 travel agents occupations is the health care and social assistance sector with an annual salary $48,300. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $19,160).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
From the above tables we note that not only travel agents 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 travel agents in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,650 to $51,950. The highest paying state for travel agents is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $51,950. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,650. For more salary information of travel agents profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|District of Columbia|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|New York|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |