Tour Guide Salary

The average rate for a Tour Guide is $11.01 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down significantly for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience.

$18,313 - $52,000
(Median)
$18K
$31K
$52K
MEDIAN: $31,188
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50%
90%

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$8.39 - $19.09
(Median)
$8
$11
$19
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$18,313 - $52,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$17,868 - $49,017  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.39 - $19.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.17 - $7.85  
Overtime
$1.80 - $32.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$17,868 - $49,017  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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Job Description for Tour Guide

A tour guide works for a tour company or a specific tourist attraction to provide tours of various travel destinations. They may work at a specific destination or, if working for a travel agency, travel with a party from one destination to another and perform guide duties through the whole travel process. The tour guide may escort a group on a bus or by air, and some positions require international travel; therefore, the ability to travel may be essential.

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Tour Guide Tasks

  • Answer questions and provide information.
  • Accept payments and tickets, and ensure that all on the tour should be there.
  • Lead tours along according to a schedule and a predetermined map.
  • Document worked hours, attendees, problems, and other information.

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Pay by Experience Level for Tour Guide

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Tour Guide Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 30% dental benefits Dental: 23%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 68%
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