Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

39-7011 Tour Guides and Escorts

Escort individuals or groups on sightseeing tours or through places of interest, such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
29,690 3.0 % $12.54 $26,090 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.93 $8.95 $11.20 $14.83 $19.10
Annual Wage (2) $16,490 $18,620 $23,290 $30,850 $39,720


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 12,080 9.43 $11.47 $23,860
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 3,810 2.04 $13.88 $28,870
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 3,480 0.33 $12.83 $26,680
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,590 0.08 $14.73 $30,640
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 1,340 12.49 $13.61 $28,310

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 1,340 12.49 $13.61 $28,310
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 12,080 9.43 $11.47 $23,860
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 750 5.73 $12.94 $26,920
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 3,810 2.04 $13.88 $28,870
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps 230 0.52 $12.76 $26,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 70 (7) $20.59 $42,830
State Government (OES Designation) 690 0.03 $17.28 $35,940
Other Support Services 390 0.14 $16.30 $33,910
Other Schools and Instruction 90 0.03 $16.07 $33,420
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,590 0.08 $14.73 $30,640


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,960 0.21 0.91 $13.25 $27,560
New York 2,140 0.26 1.10 $14.79 $30,760
Hawaii 1,540 2.70 11.55 $12.60 $26,200
Texas 1,470 0.15 0.63 $10.58 $22,000
Virginia 1,380 0.39 1.67 $11.37 $23,650




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 1,540 2.70 11.55 $12.60 $26,200
Alaska 550 1.77 7.58 $15.58 $32,400
Wyoming 320 1.20 5.13 $13.32 $27,700
Vermont 220 0.75 3.23 $10.34 $21,510
South Dakota 280 0.72 3.10 $10.42 $21,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 1,130 0.21 0.88 $18.60 $38,680
Alaska 550 1.77 7.58 $15.58 $32,400
District of Columbia 240 0.37 1.59 $15.23 $31,680
Maryland 610 0.25 1.07 $14.85 $30,890
New York 2,140 0.26 1.10 $14.79 $30,760

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,540 0.31 1.32 $15.87 $33,010
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 930 0.26 1.12 $20.34 $42,310
Honolulu, HI 860 2.05 8.79 $12.09 $25,140
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 680 0.40 1.73 $16.01 $33,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 670 0.18 0.75 $12.37 $25,740
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 540 0.30 1.28 $12.26 $25,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 500 0.22 0.93 $13.24 $27,540
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 490 0.51 2.19 $16.04 $33,370
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 430 0.60 2.55 $12.44 $25,880
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 430 1.54 6.61 $11.60 $24,130




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ocean City, NJ 100 2.55 10.91 $11.40 $23,710
Flagstaff, AZ 130 2.28 9.78 $12.74 $26,490
Honolulu, HI 860 2.05 8.79 $12.09 $25,140
Bowling Green, KY 110 2.01 8.62 $12.48 $25,950
Rapid City, SD 110 1.85 7.93 $9.11 $18,940
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 430 1.54 6.61 $11.60 $24,130
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 140 1.44 6.18 $11.83 $24,610
Savannah, GA 200 1.37 5.84 $10.21 $21,230
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 130 1.29 5.53 $25.17 $52,350
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 400 1.27 5.42 $12.35 $25,680




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 130 1.29 5.53 $25.17 $52,350
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 930 0.26 1.12 $20.34 $42,310
Corpus Christi, TX (8) (8) (8) $17.13 $35,630
Anchorage, AK 150 0.92 3.94 $17.09 $35,550
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 490 0.51 2.19 $16.04 $33,370
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 680 0.40 1.73 $16.01 $33,300
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,540 0.31 1.32 $15.87 $33,010
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 40 1.02 4.35 $15.76 $32,770
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $15.68 $32,610
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $15.44 $32,100

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 680 4.49 19.22 $13.25 $27,550
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 290 8.51 36.43 $15.19 $31,600
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 250 4.14 17.72 $12.77 $26,570
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 150 1.51 6.44 $15.26 $31,750
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 140 1.21 5.16 $13.87 $28,850

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 290 8.51 36.43 $15.19 $31,600
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 680 4.49 19.22 $13.25 $27,550
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 250 4.14 17.72 $12.77 $26,570
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 90 2.67 11.41 $11.10 $23,080
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 120 2.51 10.74 $12.12 $25,220

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.63 $34,580
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 1.40 $15.50 $32,230
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 150 1.51 6.44 $15.26 $31,750
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 290 8.51 36.43 $15.19 $31,600
Southern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.66 2.84 $15.16 $31,530


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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