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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Travel Agent Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,670
25th Percentile Wage
$27,030
50th Percentile Wage
$36,460
75th Percentile Wage
$48,600
90th Percentile Wage
$61,890

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 $61,890. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $36,460. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,670. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 199% 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 travel agents from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201636,4602.19%5.10%
201535,6602.41%-
201434,8000.78%-
201334,530-0.20%-
201234,600--

Table 2. Travel Agent Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of travel agents in 12 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 professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $48,990. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $18,740).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$48,990
Educational Services
$41,550
Transportation and Warehousing
$41,290
Information
$39,780
Finance and Insurance
$38,880
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$36,770
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$36,350
Accommodation and Food Services
$33,030
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$30,630
Wholesale Trade
$29,250
Retail Trade
$28,080
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$18,740

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 $20,870 to $49,930. The highest paying state for travel agents is Massachusetts with a median annual salary of $49,930. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $20,870. For more salary information of travel agents profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Massachusetts
$49,930
District of Columbia
$46,960
New Hampshire
$46,740
Washington
$46,180
Wyoming
$44,350
Virginia
$44,000
Nevada
$43,610
New Jersey
$42,010
North Carolina
$42,000
Delaware
$41,490
Vermont
$40,550
Connecticut
$39,800
Nebraska
$39,490
Maryland
$39,440
Colorado
$39,230
Tennessee
$38,230
California
$38,100
Indiana
$37,770
Alabama
$37,220
Pennsylvania
$37,030
Alaska
$36,890
Texas
$36,790
Missouri
$36,300
Rhode Island
$36,300
Hawaii
$36,170
Maine
$36,110
Georgia
$35,700
Iowa
$35,700
Montana
$35,610
Illinois
$35,380
Arizona
$35,270
Kentucky
$35,090
Utah
$34,900
Minnesota
$34,380
Oregon
$34,250
Wisconsin
$33,880
New Mexico
$33,800
West Virginia
$33,700
Mississippi
$33,680
North Dakota
$33,570
Idaho
$32,970
Florida
$32,540
Kansas
$32,530
New York
$32,160
Arkansas
$31,750
Oklahoma
$31,030
South Dakota
$30,350
Louisiana
$30,240
Michigan
$30,030
Ohio
$27,340
South Carolina
$25,240
Guam
$24,360
Puerto Rico
$20,870



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