Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
31,270 3.1 % $12.63 $26,280 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.24 $9.21 $11.51 $14.77 $18.45
Annual Wage (2) $17,140 $19,150 $23,940 $30,730 $38,370


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 12,220 9.01 $11.19 $23,280
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 4,970 2.58 $14.61 $30,390
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 3,160 0.29 $13.41 $27,890
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,520 0.07 $14.63 $30,430
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,450 0.03 $11.27 $23,450

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 1,320 11.66 $13.32 $27,700
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 12,220 9.01 $11.19 $23,280
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 600 4.37 $13.17 $27,390
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 4,970 2.58 $14.61 $30,390
Charter Bus Industry 120 0.39 $12.79 $26,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Taxi and Limousine Service (8) (8) $17.96 $37,350
State Government (OES Designation) 580 0.03 $15.81 $32,880
Other Support Services (8) (8) $15.80 $32,850
Beverage Manufacturing 180 0.10 $14.69 $30,550
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,520 0.07 $14.63 $30,430


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 2,990 0.21 0.87 $14.33 $29,820
Florida 2,100 0.29 1.20 $12.84 $26,700
New York 2,070 0.24 1.01 $14.51 $30,180
Hawaii 1,630 2.77 11.53 $13.49 $28,050
Pennsylvania 1,490 0.27 1.11 $10.59 $22,030




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 1,630 2.77 11.53 $13.49 $28,050
Alaska 460 1.45 6.04 $14.81 $30,810
Wyoming 250 0.92 3.82 $15.56 $32,370
Delaware 370 0.92 3.83 $13.06 $27,160
Vermont 240 0.81 3.38 $11.54 $24,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 240 0.36 1.51 $15.98 $33,250
Maryland 500 0.20 0.82 $15.71 $32,680
Wyoming 250 0.92 3.82 $15.56 $32,370
Alaska 460 1.45 6.04 $14.81 $30,810
New York 2,070 0.24 1.01 $14.51 $30,180





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 1,310 0.25 1.06 $15.39 $32,000
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 830 0.82 3.41 $13.96 $29,030
Honolulu, HI 740 1.70 7.09 $12.50 $25,990
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 650 0.38 1.57 $16.28 $33,870
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 610 0.48 2.00 $15.74 $32,730
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 590 0.59 2.46 $15.38 $32,000
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 550 0.30 1.25 $11.04 $22,960
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 510 0.22 0.91 $13.86 $28,840
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 500 0.97 4.05 $12.35 $25,690
St. Louis, MO-IL 480 0.38 1.58 $12.76 $26,530




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 200 3.51 14.62 $11.79 $24,520
Cleveland, TN 100 2.65 11.05 $9.79 $20,370
Bowling Green, KY 110 1.87 7.78 $12.50 $26,000
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 170 1.70 7.08 $11.34 $23,590
Honolulu, HI 740 1.70 7.09 $12.50 $25,990
Savannah, GA 250 1.67 6.97 $10.62 $22,100
Pittsfield, MA 50 1.50 6.24 $11.74 $24,410
Napa, CA 90 1.49 6.20 $12.11 $25,180
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 400 1.39 5.77 $14.22 $29,570
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 160 1.37 5.72 $11.47 $23,860




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)
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA (8) (8) (8) $17.13 $35,620
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.10 0.40 $16.55 $34,420
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 650 0.38 1.57 $16.28 $33,870
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 100 0.09 0.39 $16.09 $33,470
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 610 0.48 2.00 $15.74 $32,730
Anchorage, AK 70 0.43 1.80 $15.71 $32,670
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $15.56 $32,370
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $15.48 $32,210
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 100 0.97 4.06 $15.44 $32,110
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 590 0.59 2.46 $15.38 $32,000

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 890 5.75 23.96 $14.30 $29,750
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 340 9.75 40.64 $14.82 $30,830
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 190 3.02 12.59 $14.07 $29,260
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.34 5.57 $10.49 $21,810
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 1.09 4.56 $9.41 $19,580

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 340 9.75 40.64 $14.82 $30,830
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 890 5.75 23.96 $14.30 $29,750
Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 110 5.73 23.86 $9.84 $20,470
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 190 3.02 12.59 $14.07 $29,260
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 90 2.54 10.58 $11.47 $23,850

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)
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.45 $48,780
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 0.55 $16.54 $34,410
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.03 $33,340
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 1.07 4.47 $15.41 $32,050
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 340 9.75 40.64 $14.82 $30,830


About May 2012 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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