How Much Do Tour Guides and Escorts Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Tour Guides

Tour Guides escort individuals or groups on sightseeing tours or through places of interest, such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$32200 per year
Hourly wage
$15 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$20,430 to $24,200 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$10 to $12 per hour

Entry-level Tour Guides and Escorts with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $20,430 to $24,200 per year or $10 to $12 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Tour Guides and Escorts to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $23 $47,660
Senior (Top 25%) $18 $37,730
Middle (Mid 50%) $14 $29,460
Junior (Bottom 25%) $12 $24,200
No experience (Bottom 10%) $10 $20,430

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
WA $23 $47,860
DC $23 $47,680
CA $19 $39,240
WY $19 $39,220
NY $19 $38,950
CO $18 $36,680
MA $17 $35,520
VI $17 $34,730
VT $17 $34,390
IL $16 $34,090

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Tour Guide and Escort is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like WA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at WA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Tour Guides and Escorts are in the states of WA, DC, CA, WY and NY.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation $60100 $28.89
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores $47760 $22.96
Gambling Industries $44920 $21.60
Other Schools and Instruction $42070 $20.22
Elementary and Secondary Schools $40760 $19.60
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $38650 $18.58
Employment Services $38520 $18.52
Other Support Services $38090 $18.31
Federal Executive Branch $38010 $18.27
Inland Water Transportation $37080 $17.83
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services $36960 $17.77
Social Advocacy Organizations $36690 $17.64
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events $35320 $16.98
Charter Bus Industry $35050 $16.85
Individual and Family Services $34870 $16.76
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water $34730 $16.70
Management of Companies and Enterprises $34650 $16.66
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land $34130 $16.41
Beverage Manufacturing $33990 $16.34
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps $33660 $16.18
Other Food Manufacturing $33230 $15.97
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $32320 $15.54
Other Residential Care Facilities $32150 $15.46
Miscellaneous Store Retailers $32120 $15.44
Amusement Parks and Arcades $31640 $15.21
Machinery Manufacturing $30260 $14.55
Scientific Research and Development Services $30230 $14.54
Traveler Accommodation $30090 $14.47
Local Government $29790 $14.32
Rental and Leasing Services $29740 $14.30

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