Becoming a Tour Guide via Online Education?

At the very least, online education can help you lay a foundation and/or open up alternate career paths. Penn Foster Career School, one of the highest ranking online schools, is a US school (accredited) offering travel and tourism courses to train individuals to become top-notch travel agents, tourism agents, tourism specialists, tour guides, tour managers, tourism managers, travel and tourism workers, etc. Currently, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 104,360 people employed as ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers alone in America, and their average annual salary is $19,610. Tour guides and escorts make on average $25,990 per year and there are about 31,630 of them employed today. Colleges and universities like Penn Foster Career School that provide online education are successfully launching workers into this field.

Typical Work Locations for a Tour Guide
  • Hoover Dam
  • Niagara Falls
  • Las Vegas
  • History Museum
  • Art Museum
  • Israel
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Alaska
  • Pike Place Market
  • Hollywood
Potential Advantages and Benefits of Working as a Tour Guide
  • travel opportunities
  • meeting people
  • earning and saving money
  • extra money for people in work
  • working out how many hours you work
  • employment and support allowance
  • income support because of sickness or disability
  • severe disablement allowance
  • free admittance to great places
  • steady work
Potential Drawbacks
  • must have strong verbal communication skills
  • must be able to retain historical facts and dates
  • must have knowledge of points of interest on their tours
  • may also need a special license for tour buses
  • may need to speak multiple languages
  • may have to pass a written exam
  • may have to attend a training school
  • must be a good storyteller
  • must be able to handle problems that arise during tours
  • must keep track of people on their tours
Related Professions to Consider
  • Health Professions Admissions Counselor
  • Tour Guide/Customer Service
  • VIP Tour Guide
  • Museum Tour Guide Lead Supervisor
  • Product Development Manager
  • Software Engineer
  • Manager Of User Experience
  • Retail Bookstore Clerk
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Healthcare Analytic Consultant
Possible Interview Questions When Applying to be a Tour Guide
  • How do you get keep people's attention?
  • Tell me about yourself?
  • What is the hardest part of being a tour guide for you?
  • What is your greatest weakneses in life?
  • Why is background knowledge important as a tour guide?
  • Why interview with us?
  • What is not on your resume that you think I should know about you?
  • Describe your ideal tour.?
  • Why should we have a tour guide at all?
  • What other customer facing positions have you had?
Common Collaborating Professions
  • Tour Guide To The National Parks
  • LA Tour Guides
  • Honolulu Tour Guide Jobs
  • Lead Tour Guide
  • Chinese female tour guide during Expo wanted
  • Seattle Tour Guide Jobs
  • Atlanta Tour Guides
  • Miami Tour Guide Jobs
  • New York Tour Guides
  • Tour guide jobs Chicago
Tour Guide Training books Tour Guide (More) Popular books Potential Companies to Work For Common College Majors
  • arts&humanities
  • business
  • criminal justice
  • education
  • engineering
  • health&medical
  • science
  • social science
  • technology
  • health care

Tour Guide Salary Information

Category: Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

Total # Employed in the US 104,360
Average Hourly Wage: $9.43/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$7.25 $7.71 $8.68 $10.01 $12.63
Average Yearly Salary $19,610
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$15,070 $16,040 $18,050 $20,830 $26,270
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
10.1% 36.7% 28.8% 4.9% 15.4% 3.4% 0.6%
Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Oklahoma $12.23/hr $25,430
New York $11.01/hr $22,900
Florida $10.61/hr $22,060
Utah $10.61/hr $22,080
Colorado $10.29/hr $21,390
Virginia $10.02/hr $20,840
Puerto Rico $9.94/hr $20,680
Delaware $9.91/hr $20,620
Tennessee $9.7/hr $20,170
Missouri $9.56/hr $19,890
Kansas $9.55/hr $19,860
District of Columbia $9.33/hr $19,400
Montana $9.21/hr $19,160
Indiana $9.2/hr $19,140
New Hampshire $9.18/hr $19,090
Connecticut $9.16/hr $19,060
Hawaii $9.02/hr $18,750
North Carolina $8.95/hr $18,620
South Carolina $8.86/hr $18,430
Massachusetts $8.82/hr $18,340
Mississippi $8.8/hr $18,310
Ohio $8.72/hr $18,140
Maine $8.69/hr $18,080
North Dakota $8.65/hr $17,990
California $8.51/hr $17,700
Michigan $8.44/hr $17,560
Maryland $8.42/hr $17,510
New Jersey $8.41/hr $17,490
Louisiana $8.4/hr $17,470
Nevada $8.38/hr $17,440
Arkansas $8.37/hr $17,420
Wisconsin $8.34/hr $17,350
Nebraska $8.32/hr $17,310
West Virginia $8.28/hr $17,210
Guam $8.24/hr $17,140
Iowa $8.22/hr $17,100
Alaska $8.22/hr $17,100
Idaho $8.2/hr $17,060
Kentucky $8.15/hr $16,950
Wyoming $8.04/hr $16,730
Washington $7.96/hr $16,560
South Dakota $7.96/hr $16,550
Pennsylvania $7.94/hr $16,520
Oregon $7.91/hr $16,450
New Mexico $7.79/hr $16,200
Alabama $7.67/hr $15,950


Category: Tour guides and escorts

Total # Employed in the US 31,630
Average Hourly Wage: $12.5/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$7.72 $8.89 $11.42 $14.87 $18.87
Average Yearly Salary $25,990
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$16,060 $18,490 $23,750 $30,920 $39,240
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
5.4% 23.3% 22.8% 8.6% 27.5% 10.8% 1.5%
Tour guides and escorts — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Florida $15.43/hr $32,080
Oklahoma $15.03/hr $31,260
Tennessee $14.81/hr $30,810
Alaska $14.64/hr $30,450
Hawaii $14.5/hr $30,170
Connecticut $13.39/hr $27,850
Colorado $13.3/hr $27,660
Missouri $13.07/hr $27,190
Alabama $12.78/hr $26,580
New Jersey $12.72/hr $26,460
Montana $12.7/hr $26,420
Guam $12.5/hr $26,010
Iowa $12.45/hr $25,890
North Carolina $12.34/hr $25,670
Arkansas $12.19/hr $25,360
Nebraska $12.15/hr $25,280
Nevada $12.13/hr $25,240
North Dakota $12.09/hr $25,150
Indiana $12.01/hr $24,990
Utah $11.94/hr $24,830
District of Columbia $11.8/hr $24,540
Virginia $11.76/hr $24,470
Ohio $11.65/hr $24,230
New York $11.53/hr $23,990
California $11.5/hr $23,920
Idaho $11.36/hr $23,620
Mississippi $11.2/hr $23,290
New Hampshire $11.16/hr $23,210
South Dakota $11.09/hr $23,070
Michigan $10.93/hr $22,740
Massachusetts $10.91/hr $22,690
Wisconsin $10.86/hr $22,580
Maryland $10.86/hr $22,590
Puerto Rico $10.84/hr $22,550
South Carolina $10.77/hr $22,390
Washington $10.47/hr $21,770
Louisiana $10.42/hr $21,680
Maine $10.37/hr $21,570
Wyoming $10.34/hr $21,500
Kentucky $10.02/hr $20,840
Delaware $9.94/hr $20,670
West Virginia $9.67/hr $20,120
Pennsylvania $9.43/hr $19,610
Oregon $9.3/hr $19,340
New Mexico $8.74/hr $18,180


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