Travel agent earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Travel agent salary by state

State Name Average Salary
District of Columbia $54,810
Nevada $38,880
Washington $51,520
Massachusetts $47,160
New Jersey $42,970
Connecticut $43,510
California $45,320
Wyoming $45,940
Kansas $46,050
Montana $39,870
Minnesota $44,140
Alabama $40,370
Virginia $44,810
Colorado $40,780
New Hampshire $41,300
Vermont $40,680
Utah $36,970
Pennsylvania $37,880
Tennessee $40,050
Michigan $35,720
Hawaii $39,490
Alaska $39,060
Delaware $40,610
Nebraska $39,430
Florida $36,730
Kentucky $38,920
Iowa $41,010
Illinois $38,380
New Mexico $39,950
North Carolina $38,530
Indiana $36,420
Missouri $31,130
New York $35,320
Texas $34,150
Oregon $35,260
Idaho $36,730
Louisiana $36,130
Arkansas $34,840
Wisconsin $35,090
Rhode Island $35,650
Oklahoma $36,780
Maryland $34,510
Ohio $33,270
South Dakota $32,030
West Virginia $35,330
Georgia $31,100
Maine $33,460
Mississippi $33,380
North Dakota $31,150
South Carolina $27,200
Guam $25,100
Puerto Rico $18,660

How much does a Travel Agent earn?

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.

How do travel agent salaries compare to similar careers?

Travel agents earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than wedding planners but more than vehicle cleaners.

Career Median Salary
Wedding planner salary $32K
Hairdresser salary $26K
Upholsterer salary $34K
Drug & alcohol counselor salary $32K
Taxi driver salary $26K
Travel agent salary $29K
Family social worker salary $33K
Engraver salary $31K
Tailor salary $31K
Vehicle cleaner salary $25K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)