Travel Guides Salary Information

The salary statistics of travel guides are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of travel guides within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The travel guides 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 Guides Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,030
25th Percentile Wage
$25,000
50th Percentile Wage
$32,100
75th Percentile Wage
$44,110
90th Percentile Wage
$58,400

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for travel guides. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) travel guides is $58,400. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $32,100. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,030. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 206% 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 guides from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201632,100-6.48%4.11%
201534,180-2.69%-
201435,1003.65%-
201333,8208.99%-
201230,780--

Table 2. Travel Guides Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of travel guides in 4 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 guides occupations is the transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $42,340. The lowest paying sector is the federal, state, and local government sector (annual salary $21,350).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$42,340
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$37,360
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$26,400
Federal, State, and Local Government
$21,350

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Travel Guides by States

From the above tables we note that not only travel guides 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 guides in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,730 to $54,010. The highest paying state for travel guides is Alaska with a median annual salary of $54,010. The lowest paying state is Oklahoma with a median annual salary of $17,730. For more salary information of travel guides profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$54,010
Washington
$48,830
Massachusetts
$46,660
Pennsylvania
$45,040
North Carolina
$40,160
Hawaii
$39,740
Illinois
$36,680
Texas
$35,110
Florida
$34,390
Oregon
$33,850
California
$32,860
Michigan
$30,440
Minnesota
$28,880
New York
$26,570
Montana
$25,920
Indiana
$24,020
Utah
$22,090
Mississippi
$19,800
Arizona
$19,260
Idaho
$18,900
Oklahoma
$17,730


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