Salary for Tour Guides and Escorts

Also known as:  Historical Interpreter, Historical Site Guide, Museum Docent, Museum Guide, Sightseeing Guide, Tourist Escort, Tourist Guide helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our talent cluster and get scouted today!

Tour guides and escorts work to guide individuals or groups of tourists through places of interest such as galleries, historical sites or buildings and organizations. They may even accompany individuals or groups on excursions and to travel destinations such as international tour trips or cruises. They diligently provide directions and recommendations upon request. They have exceptional communications skills that they use to relate to clients and work alongside vendors, travel agents and management on a regular basis. They distribute relevant brochures and market trips, tours and attractions to potential clients. They research site history and select travel routes based on client preference, need and interest. An associate's degree or related vocational school degree is required for employment in this professional field.

A Tour Guide or Escort will normally receive an average pay level that can range from 16000 and 24000 based on education and experience. Tour Guides and Escorts can get a compensation of Twenty Five Thousand Seven Hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

Tour Guides and Escorts can get the best compensation in Illinois, where they can get average compensation of approximately $38680. Professionals that work in this career can get the best pay in Public Administration, which has normal pay levels of $29990.

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Tour Guides and Escorts tend to make the most in the following industries:

Health Care and Social Assistance
Public Administration
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Transportation and Warehousing
Management of Companies and Enterprises

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Educational Services