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.
|Salary||$19,092 - $46,602|
|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).)
|$20,166 - $50,671|
|Hourly Rate||$9.67 - $21.96|
|Hourly Tips||$0.12 - $9.77|
|Overtime||$13.57 - $34.65|
|Total Pay (||$20,166 - $50,671|
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.Read More...
The ability to carry out public speaking in an engaging and effective manner is necessary as well. Tour guides must have strong customer service skills to build tourist satisfaction, and they may need to memorize a script if acting as a tour guide for a certain destination. The tour guide should also have extensive knowledge of the destination to answer any questions that the tourists may have. The job often requires the tour guide to have a flexible schedule depending on employer needs. Some positions are full time, while others are part time and temporary.
In positions where the tour guide is in charge with a specific attraction, a safety inspection may have to be carried out by the tour guide to eliminate any hazards that may be encountered on the tour. The ability to manage large groups of people and keep them orderly while maintaining appropriate customer service is essential.
Many positions do not have a minimum education requirement though some require a high school diploma or equivalent. Some positions may require experience relating to tours or public speaking. Minimum physical requirements may be required, as the position often requires moving around the sites to be toured. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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.
Tour Guide Job Listings
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.
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Key Stats for Tour Guide
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.