Tour Guide Salary

The average rate for a Tour Guide is $11.91 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 noticeably for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience.

$19,498 - $46,721
$19K
$29K
$47K
MEDIAN: $29,374
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50%
90%

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$9.17 - $21.85
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$12
$22
MEDIAN: $11.91
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,498 - $46,721  
   
Bonus
$500  
Commission
$1,017  
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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$19,302 - $50,961  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.17 - $21.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20 - $9.76  
Overtime
$11.33 - $36.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$500  
   
Commission
$1,017  
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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$19,302 - $50,961  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 126

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Tour Guide

Pay by Experience for a Tour Guide has a positive trend. An entry-level Tour Guide with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 116 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Tour Guide with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 47 salaries. An experienced Tour Guide which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 20 salaries. A Tour Guide with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 5 salaries.

Key Stats for Tour Guide

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Tour Guide Salaries

Experienced
▲33%

Mid-Career
▲24%

Late-Career
▲13%

National Average
$28,000

▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 22%
dental benefits
Dental: 16%
vision benefits
Vision: 14%
no benefits
None: 78%