Travel Consultant Salary
With three-fifths of Travel Consultants in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Travel Consultants is $40K annually and can range from $26K on the lower end to $54K per year near the higher end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The vast majority (84 percent) of Travel Consultants who took the survey are female. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and a little over a half have dental, too. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Job Description for Travel Consultant
Travel consultants assess the client’s needs and expectations for a travel experience, and then provide them with the best travel options. They work to build an ongoing relationship with the customer to open the door for future bookings through the company.Read More...
Travel consultants must be high energy and able to work in a fast-paced environment, as they often work with clients that have a wide variety of needs related to planning travel. Clients' travel needs may be for work, vacation, or family. Regardless of reason for travel, the consultant's goal is to ensure that every detail is taken care of and that no problems arise during travel. Aspects of a trip that clients may coordinate include flight plans, hotel registration, and car rentals. They often are also responsible for coordinating trip activities. Travel consultants normally work in an office setting during regular business hours; however, some clients may require different hours because of time zones and their schedules. Travel consultants may be required to work on weekends and some evenings.
Travel consultant positions often require a high school diploma or equivalent. Many companies require experience in sales or service. Customer service skills are very important in this job, as travel consultants work with clients on a daily basis and must effectively solve issues that may arise in the course of travel planning. The travel consultant must be well versed in basic computer software and highly organized, as clients need information in a timely fashion.
Travel Consultant Tasks
- Work with airline and hotel services to find best rates for customers.
- Stay apprised of current airline industry rules and regulations and inform clients of changes that may affect them when traveling.
- Maintain client loyalty program accounts and ensure proper point redemption procedures are followed.
- Build and maintain relationships with clients to create convenient and affordable travel plans.
Common Career Paths for Travel Consultant
As Travel Consultants transition into upper-level roles like Corporate Travel Consultants, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Corporate Travel Consultants earn the same amount as Travel Consultants on average. Many Travel Consultants choose to become Travel Agents and Travel Counselors as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $7K less and $4K less, respectively.
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Pay by Experience Level for Travel Consultant
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Travel Consultants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $34K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $36K. For Travel Consultants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $41K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $44K.
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