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Tour guide salary in United States

How much does a Tour Guide make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $21.37
Low $9.92
High $46.05
$85.00per day
Non-cash benefit
Employee discount
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The average salary for a tour guide is $21.37 per hour in the United States and $85.00 tips per day.2.9k salaries reported, updated at September 27, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Top companies for Tour Guides in United States

  1. Ghost City Tours
    32 reviews29 salaries reported
    $70.70per hour
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Highest paying cities for Tour Guides near United States

  1. Los Angeles, CA
    $26.94 per hour
    38 salaries reported
  2. Washington, DC
    $26.62 per hour
    71 salaries reported
  3. San Francisco, CA
    $26.44 per hour
    62 salaries reported
  1. New York, NY
    $26.40 per hour
    68 salaries reported
  2. Memphis, TN
    $26.33 per hour
    6 salaries reported
  3. Savannah, GA
    $25.50 per hour
    26 salaries reported
  1. Chicago, IL
    $23.99 per hour
    33 salaries reported
  2. Miami, FL
    $23.25 per hour
    47 salaries reported
  3. Las Vegas, NV
    $20.80 per hour
    83 salaries reported
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Where can a Tour Guide earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Tour Guides

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Most common benefits for Tour Guides

  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Referral program
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 1,582 ratings

38% of Tour Guides in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Travel Consultant

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Average $24.89 per hour

Specialist Tours Manager

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Average $19.69 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Tour Guide

How can I know if I am being paid fairly as a tour guide?

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How can tour guides increase their salary?

To increase their salary, tour guides can focus on getting more tips from their customers. The happier their customers, the more tips they tend to receive. By acquiring specialist knowledge through relevant courses, degrees or certificates, a tour guide can be sure to have all the knowledge needed for the job and so keep everyone happy.

Alternatively, some tour operators run all-inclusive tours. These are not tipped, but you will get a higher salary to compensate.

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