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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of travel agents from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|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 $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|
|District of Columbia|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|New York|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |