The salary statistics of tour and travel guides are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of tour and travel guides within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The tour and travel guides 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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$18,530|
|25th Percentile Wage||$21,310|
|50th Percentile Wage||$25,770|
|75th Percentile Wage||$34,110|
|90th Percentile Wage||$45,370|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for tour and travel guides. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) tour and travel guides is $45,370. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $25,770. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,530. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 144% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of tour and travel guides from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of tour and travel guides 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 tour and travel guides occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $31,390. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $23,120).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Educational Services|| |
From the above tables we note that not only tour and 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 tour and travel guides in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,800 to $34,110. The highest paying state for tour and travel guides is Washington with a median annual salary of $34,110. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,800. For more salary information of tour and travel guides profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|New Hampshire|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|New York|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |