The salary statistics of tour guides and escorts are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of tour guides and escorts within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The tour guides and escorts 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||$18,300|
|25th Percentile Wage||$20,600|
|50th Percentile Wage||$24,920|
|75th Percentile Wage||$33,010|
|90th Percentile Wage||$43,060|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for tour guides and escorts. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) tour guides and escorts is $43,060. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $24,920. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,300. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 135% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of tour guides and escorts from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of tour guides and escorts 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 guides and escorts occupations is the retail trade sector with an annual salary $35,380. The lowest paying sector is the information sector (annual salary $19,690).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Retail Trade|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
From the above tables we note that not only tour guides and escorts 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 guides and escorts in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,420 to $41,950. The highest paying state for tour guides and escorts is Wyoming with a median annual salary of $41,950. The lowest paying state is North Dakota with a median annual salary of $18,420. For more salary information of tour guides and escorts profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|District of Columbia|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|New York|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |
|North Dakota|| |