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Travel Agent Salary

Travel agent job description, their median wages and other compensations

Who are travel agents:              

Travel agents are people who assist travelers by sorting through vast amounts of information to help their them make the best possible travel arrangements. Travel agents offer advice on destinations and make arrangements for transportation, hotel accommodations, car rentals, and tours for their clients. In addition, resorts and specialty travel groups use travel agents to promote travel packages to their clients. 

Job description:

Travel agents are expected to be able to advise travelers about their destinations, such as the weather conditions, local ordinances and customs, attractions, and exhibitions. For those traveling internationally, agents also provide information on customs regulations, required documents (passports, visas, and certificates of vaccination), travel advisories, and currency exchange rates. In the event of changes in itinerary in the middle of a trip, travel agents intercede on the traveler's behalf to make alternate booking arrangements.

Travel agent salaries:

Experience, sales ability, and the size and location of the agency determine the salary of a travel agent.

Median wages:

Median annual wages of travel agents were $30,570 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $23,940 and $38,390. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $18,770, while the top 10 percent earned more than $47,860. Median wages in May 2008 for travel agents employed in the travel arrangement and reservation services industry were $30,470.

Salaried agents usually enjoy standard employer-paid benefits that self-employed agents must provide for themselves. When traveling for personal reasons, agents usually get reduced rates for transportation and accommodations. In addition, agents sometimes take “familiarization” trips, at lower cost or no cost to themselves, to learn about various vacation sites. These benefits often attract people to this occupation.

Other compensations:

Earnings of travel agents who own their agencies depend mainly on commissions and service fees they charge clients for trip planning. Often it takes time to acquire clients, so it is not unusual for new self-employed agents to have low earnings. Established agents may have lower earnings during economic downturns.

Though their salaries are low, travel agents receive many travel benefits and incentives. Selling a number of group travel packages may garner a travel agent a free trip, depending on the airline or cruise company.

A table showing the recent salary data of travel agents  is given below(taken from payscale.com)

salary  $ 29,151-$43,453
 bonus  

$495.96-$2,482

 profit sharing  $491- $2,000
 commission  $1,215 - $10,100
 total pay  $31455 - $51,420

                        

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Now I know better about travel agents.

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