The average salary for a travel agent in the United States is around $28,790 per year.
This is 46% below the national average. Updated in 2018.
Travel agents earn an average yearly salary of $28,790. Wages typically start from $23,233 and go up to $51,635.
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|
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?
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Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)