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Travel Agent Salary Information

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 [1].

Table 1. Travel Agent Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$36,990
1.43% 6.46%
2016
$36,460
2.19% -
2015
$35,660
2.41% -
2014
$34,800
0.78% -
2013
$34,530
-0.20% -
2012
$34,600
- -

Table 2. Travel Agent Salary by Industry Sector

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
$48,300
Transportation and Warehousing
$47,740
Information
$45,940
Finance and Insurance
$44,050
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$41,080
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$38,260
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$36,560
Educational Services
$36,040
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$35,240
Accommodation and Food Services
$32,980
Wholesale Trade
$32,800
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$31,920
Retail Trade
$28,080
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$19,160

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Travel Agents by States

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
$51,950
Washington
$47,200
New Hampshire
$45,130
Virginia
$44,530
Nevada
$43,710
Minnesota
$41,870
Nebraska
$41,200
Vermont
$41,050
New Jersey
$40,620
California
$40,420
Massachusetts
$40,290
Delaware
$39,790
Arizona
$39,500
Pennsylvania
$38,990
Connecticut
$38,690
Alabama
$38,560
Tennessee
$38,420
Rhode Island
$38,360
Hawaii
$37,850
North Carolina
$37,830
Maryland
$37,770
Colorado
$37,660
Indiana
$37,600
Maine
$37,520
Iowa
$37,140
Illinois
$36,930
Wyoming
$36,640
Montana
$36,430
Utah
$36,170
Alaska
$36,090
New Mexico
$36,000
Georgia
$35,730
New York
$35,260
Kansas
$35,140
Florida
$35,010
Texas
$35,000
North Dakota
$34,250
Oregon
$34,050
Oklahoma
$33,910
Idaho
$33,870
Arkansas
$33,440
Kentucky
$33,380
Mississippi
$32,590
South Dakota
$32,560
Wisconsin
$32,310
Michigan
$31,070
West Virginia
$30,630
Louisiana
$30,440
Missouri
$30,190
Ohio
$30,000
Virgin Islands
$27,500
Guam
$24,320
South Carolina
$23,780
Puerto Rico
$18,650



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