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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Travel Guides Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
10th Percentile Wage

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 $60,730. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $35,100. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,490. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 196% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $35,100 3.78%
2013 $33,820 9.88%
2012 $30,780 0.36%
2011 $30,670 2.99%
2010 $29,780 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for travel guides from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 17.86%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 9.88%. We also note that the average annual wage had a very small growth of 0.36% in 2012 and a moderate growth of 2.99% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of Travel Guides vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Tour and Travel Guides
Tour Guides and Escorts
Travel Guides

Table 4. Travel Guides Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of travel guides in 7 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for travel guides occupations is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector with an annual salary $42,940. The lowest paying sector is the federal, state, and local government sector (annual salary $20,480).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Transportation and Warehousing
Health Care and Social Assistance
Federal, State, and Local Government

Table 5. 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 $18,900 to $48,830. The highest paying state for travel guides is Washington with a median annual salary of $48,830. The lowest paying state is Idaho with a median annual salary of $18,900. For more salary information of travel guides profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
North Carolina
New York