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
Pennsylvania $41,337
Massachusetts $47,160
New Jersey $42,970
Connecticut $43,510
California $45,320
Wyoming $45,940
Indiana $39,647
Illinois $40,257
Kansas $46,050
Montana $39,870
Minnesota $44,140
Virginia $44,810
Colorado $40,780
New Hampshire $41,300
Vermont $40,680
Utah $36,970
Arizona $40,685
Tennessee $40,050
Michigan $35,720
Alabama $40,370
Alaska $39,060
Delaware $40,610
Nebraska $39,430
Florida $36,730
Kentucky $38,920
Iowa $41,010
Hawaii $38,516
New Mexico $39,950
North Carolina $38,530
Missouri $31,130
New York $35,320
Texas $34,150
Idaho $36,881
Oregon $35,260
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 correctional officers but more than maintenance workers.

Career Median Salary
Correctional officer salary $42K
Translator salary $35K
Locksmith salary $41K
Precious metal worker salary $39K
Financial clerk salary $40K
Travel agent salary $39K
Ship loader salary $38K
Personal trainer salary $35K
Highway maintenance worker salary $40K
Maintenance worker salary $38K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)