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Tour Guide Salary (United States)

The average rate for a Tour Guide is $11.06 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Tour Guide Salary (?
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$17,710 - $58,723
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $38,463
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Tour Guide Salary (?
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$7.97 - $19.19
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$17,710 - $58,723  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,945  
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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$17,297 - $50,110  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.97 - $19.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $8.51  
Overtime
$4.70 - $25.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,945  
   
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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$17,297 - $50,110  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 103
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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.

Tour Guide Job Listings

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Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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New York
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National Average
$26,000
Philadelphia
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Experience Affects Tour Guide Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 35%
Mid-Career
up arrow 13%
National Average
$26,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
45%
female alumni
 
Male
55%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 31% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 67%