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How much does a Travel Agent make in the United States?

Average Travel Agent Hourly Wage in the United States

Travel Agents earn a median hourly wage of $17.15. Hourly wages typically start from $9.64 and go up to $28.94.

Average Travel Agent Yearly Salary in the United States

Travel Agents earn a median salary of $35,660 per year. Salaries typically start from $20,050 and go up to $60,200.

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In 2015, the ASTA Labor and Compensation report stated that in 2014, 86% of travel agents working at an agency (including both corporate and leisure agencies) were either salaried or earned a mix of salary/commission. The ASTA report found the average travel agent salary (when working for an agency) to be $34,181.

Experienced agents that booked primarily corporate travel earned an average travel agent salary of $40,677/year versus a salary of $32,249/year for an experienced agent booking primarily leisure travel. Experienced leisure agents bring home approximately $10,000 more compared to travel agents just entering the industry. Experienced corporate travel agent salaries are nearly $13,000 more per year compared to new corporate travel agents.

The ASTA 2014 Independent Agents Report cited that the average independent contractor agent (86% of which are home based) earns approximately $31,056 a year. However, like most small businesses, it takes most independent travel agents a good three to five years to start seeing profits they can live off of and quite a few travel agents never make it past the first or second year.

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    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Goldey-Beacom College | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates, Bachelors
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Travel Agent Earnings by Seniority

Top End Travel Agent Earnings

The highest earning Travel Agents in the United States earn:

$28.94
an hour
$60,200
per year
Senior Travel Agent Earnings

Senior Travel Agents in the United States earn:

$22.75
an hour
$47,320
per year
Experienced Travel Agent Earnings

Experienced Travel Agents in the United States earn:

$17.15
an hour
$35,660
per year
Junior Travel Agent Earnings

Junior Travel Agents in the United States earn:

$12.86
an hour
$26,760
per year
Starting Travel Agent Earnings

Starting Travel Agents in the United States earn:

$9.64
an hour
$20,050
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Travel Agent salary comparison

Travel Agents earn less than 64% percent of Services careers. Travel Agent salaries are in the bottom 85% of all careers in the United States.

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Historical salary for Travel Agents in the United States

Travel Agent salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Travel Agent Salary in Virginia $21.76 $45,250 # 1
Travel Agent Salary in Massachusetts $23.57 $49,030 # 2
Travel Agent Salary in New Hampshire $20.94 $43,560 # 3
Travel Agent Salary in Texas $19.87 $41,330 # 4
Travel Agent Salary in Delaware $17.66 $36,730 # 5
Travel Agent Salary in New Jersey $19.48 $40,520 # 6
Travel Agent Salary in Maryland $18.39 $38,240 # 7
Travel Agent Salary in Washington $19.90 $41,390 # 8
Travel Agent Salary in Nebraska $18.27 $37,990 # 9
Travel Agent Salary in Wyoming $20.38 $42,390 # 10
Travel Agent Salary in District of Columbia $18.77 $39,040 # 11
Travel Agent Salary in Colorado $17.83 $37,100 # 12
Travel Agent Salary in Kansas $17.33 $36,050 # 13
Travel Agent Salary in Pennsylvania $17.73 $36,870 # 14
Travel Agent Salary in North Carolina $20.02 $41,650 # 15
Travel Agent Salary in Connecticut $18.46 $38,390 # 16
Travel Agent Salary in Vermont $18.42 $38,310 # 17
Travel Agent Salary in Utah $17.38 $36,160 # 18
Travel Agent Salary in Indiana $17.38 $36,150 # 19
Travel Agent Salary in California $17.36 $36,110 # 20
Travel Agent Salary in Illinois $16.59 $34,500 # 21
Travel Agent Salary in New York $15.25 $31,730 # 22
Travel Agent Salary in New Mexico $16.24 $33,780 # 23
Travel Agent Salary in Oregon $15.92 $33,120 # 24
Travel Agent Salary in Tennessee $17.55 $36,510 # 25
Travel Agent Salary in Missouri $16.62 $34,570 # 26
Travel Agent Salary in Alabama $17.24 $35,860 # 27
Travel Agent Salary in Montana $15.80 $32,860 # 28
Travel Agent Salary in Maine $17.62 $36,650 # 29
Travel Agent Salary in Arizona $17.00 $35,360 # 30
Travel Agent Salary in Hawaii $17.24 $35,850 # 31
Travel Agent Salary in Alaska $16.95 $35,250 # 32
Travel Agent Salary in Nevada $16.62 $34,570 # 33
Travel Agent Salary in Georgia $16.69 $34,710 # 34
Travel Agent Salary in Arkansas $16.42 $34,160 # 35
Travel Agent Salary in Idaho $14.12 $29,370 # 36
Travel Agent Salary in Rhode Island $16.96 $35,270 # 37
Travel Agent Salary in North Dakota $16.50 $34,320 # 38
Travel Agent Salary in Kentucky $16.47 $34,250 # 39
Travel Agent Salary in Iowa $16.34 $33,990 # 40
Travel Agent Salary in Florida $15.09 $31,400 # 41
Travel Agent Salary in Michigan $14.56 $30,290 # 42
Travel Agent Salary in West Virginia $15.76 $32,780 # 43
Travel Agent Salary in Minnesota $14.75 $30,670 # 44
Travel Agent Salary in Wisconsin $15.09 $31,380 # 45
Travel Agent Salary in Louisiana $14.61 $30,380 # 46
Travel Agent Salary in Mississippi $16.24 $33,780 # 47
Travel Agent Salary in Oklahoma $14.43 $30,020 # 48
Travel Agent Salary in South Carolina $12.70 $26,430 # 49
Travel Agent Salary in South Dakota $13.85 $28,820 # 50
Travel Agent Salary in Ohio $13.24 $27,550 # 51
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become a Travel Agent

Interested in becoming a Travel Agent? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good travel agent? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Goldey-Beacom College | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates, Bachelors
  3. Get Hired

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