Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
30,730 3.3 % $12.82 $26,660 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.17 $9.12 $11.36 $15.05 $19.58
Annual Wage (2) $16,990 $18,980 $23,620 $31,310 $40,740


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 12,380 9.51 $11.79 $24,520
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 4,760 2.52 $14.21 $29,560
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 3,050 0.29 $13.20 $27,450
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,500 0.07 $14.67 $30,510
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 1,150 10.34 $13.33 $27,720

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 1,150 10.34 $13.33 $27,720
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 12,380 9.51 $11.79 $24,520
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 860 6.42 $12.41 $25,810
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 4,760 2.52 $14.21 $29,560
Charter Bus Industry 170 0.55 $11.59 $24,100

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Support Services 340 0.12 $18.25 $37,950
State Government (OES Designation) 700 0.03 $17.41 $36,210
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 140 (7) $17.40 $36,190
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 80 0.08 $15.44 $32,120
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores (8) (8) $14.96 $31,120


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 2,660 0.19 0.79 $14.57 $30,310
New York 2,340 0.28 1.16 $14.23 $29,600
Hawaii 1,750 3.03 12.65 $13.34 $27,740
Pennsylvania 1,340 0.24 1.01 $10.92 $22,710
Massachusetts 1,290 0.41 1.71 $13.34 $27,740




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 1,750 3.03 12.65 $13.34 $27,740
Alaska 630 2.00 8.36 $15.80 $32,870
Delaware 430 1.08 4.49 $12.61 $26,220
Wyoming 230 0.85 3.56 $14.28 $29,700
Montana 340 0.79 3.32 $12.20 $25,380




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 970 0.17 0.72 $20.19 $42,000
Alaska 630 2.00 8.36 $15.80 $32,870
District of Columbia 150 0.23 0.96 $14.61 $30,380
Maine 50 0.09 0.37 $14.60 $30,360
California 2,660 0.19 0.79 $14.57 $30,310





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 1,530 0.30 1.27 $15.61 $32,460
Honolulu, HI 890 2.10 8.76 $12.46 $25,910
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 840 0.24 0.98 $21.62 $44,960
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 660 0.39 1.63 $15.97 $33,210
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 570 0.46 1.92 $15.18 $31,570
St. Louis, MO-IL 550 0.43 1.81 $12.37 $25,740
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 500 1.77 7.37 $14.02 $29,160
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 500 0.28 1.15 $11.77 $24,480
Baltimore-Towson, MD 460 0.37 1.53 $14.54 $30,250
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 440 0.45 1.90 $15.90 $33,070




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)
Flagstaff, AZ 190 3.36 14.03 $10.56 $21,950
Honolulu, HI 890 2.10 8.76 $12.46 $25,910
Prescott, AZ 110 2.02 8.42 $11.96 $24,890
Bowling Green, KY 110 1.90 7.94 $12.46 $25,920
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 500 1.77 7.37 $14.02 $29,160
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 170 1.66 6.93 $11.50 $23,930
Salinas, CA 220 1.44 6.02 $13.78 $28,660
Savannah, GA 210 1.41 5.91 $10.53 $21,910
Rapid City, SD 80 1.35 5.62 $8.93 $18,570
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 140 1.29 5.37 $10.07 $20,940




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 100 1.05 4.39 $26.33 $54,780
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 840 0.24 0.98 $21.62 $44,960
Anchorage, AK 170 1.00 4.19 $17.73 $36,880
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA (8) (8) (8) $17.19 $35,750
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.08 0.35 $17.02 $35,390
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 50 1.11 4.64 $16.45 $34,230
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 660 0.39 1.63 $15.97 $33,210
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 440 0.45 1.90 $15.90 $33,070
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 80 0.10 0.40 $15.79 $32,850
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $15.66 $32,580

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 860 5.64 23.55 $14.25 $29,650
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 410 11.83 49.36 $15.30 $31,830
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 170 2.82 11.77 $12.21 $25,400
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 160 1.40 5.86 $14.65 $30,470
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 150 1.42 5.93 $8.79 $18,290

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 410 11.83 49.36 $15.30 $31,830
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 860 5.64 23.55 $14.25 $29,650
Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 3.19 13.31 $9.28 $19,310
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 170 2.82 11.77 $12.21 $25,400
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 2.37 9.91 $11.82 $24,580

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)
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.75 $34,840
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.60 $34,530
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.25 1.04 $15.89 $33,060
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 410 11.83 49.36 $15.30 $31,830
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.01 $31,220


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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