Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

41-3041 Travel Agents

Plan and sell transportation and accommodations for travel agency customers. Determine destination, modes of transportation, travel dates, costs, and accommodations required. May also describe, plan, and arrange itineraries and sell tour packages. May assist in resolving clients' travel problems.


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)
64,680 2.1 % $17.78 $36,970 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.58 $12.72 $16.64 $21.39 $27.60
Annual Wage (2) $19,930 $26,460 $34,600 $44,500 $57,400


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)
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 60,950 31.62 $17.72 $36,860
Management of Companies and Enterprises 700 0.04 $19.36 $40,260
Insurance Carriers 410 0.04 $20.30 $42,220
Traveler Accommodation 390 0.02 $16.60 $34,520
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 360 0.03 $18.51 $38,500

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 60,950 31.62 $17.72 $36,860
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 70 0.64 $22.21 $46,190
Charter Bus Industry 150 0.48 $16.26 $33,830
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 180 0.45 $23.88 $49,660
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 120 0.28 $24.28 $50,490

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 120 0.28 $24.28 $50,490
Other Support Services 30 0.01 $24.16 $50,250
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 180 0.45 $23.88 $49,660
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 70 0.64 $22.21 $46,190
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 40 0.01 $21.40 $44,500


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 7,990 0.56 1.13 $18.98 $39,490
Florida 6,750 0.93 1.87 $16.48 $34,280
Illinois 4,980 0.88 1.78 $18.28 $38,020
New York 4,900 0.57 1.16 $17.96 $37,350
Texas 4,520 0.43 0.86 $18.95 $39,420




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 1,080 1.84 3.71 $16.72 $34,780
Florida 6,750 0.93 1.87 $16.48 $34,280
Nevada 1,020 0.90 1.81 $16.85 $35,050
Illinois 4,980 0.88 1.78 $18.28 $38,020
North Dakota 280 0.70 1.41 $13.56 $28,210




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,870 0.58 1.18 $21.96 $45,670
Maryland 920 0.36 0.73 $21.26 $44,230
District of Columbia 460 0.70 1.41 $19.41 $40,370
Virginia 1,620 0.45 0.91 $19.36 $40,270
Tennessee 700 0.26 0.53 $19.36 $40,270





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 4,300 0.83 1.68 $18.51 $38,510
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,180 1.15 2.31 $18.67 $38,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,220 0.83 1.68 $17.66 $36,740
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,620 0.77 1.56 $20.40 $42,440
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,620 1.62 3.26 $19.71 $41,000
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,350 0.58 1.16 $21.64 $45,010
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,310 0.50 1.00 $20.03 $41,660
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,250 0.73 1.47 $22.95 $47,730
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,240 1.22 2.46 $15.42 $32,070
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,190 0.93 1.87 $14.83 $30,850




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)
Honolulu, HI 790 1.82 3.67 (8) (8)
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,620 1.62 3.26 $19.71 $41,000
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 110 1.50 3.01 $15.67 $32,600
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 1,060 1.48 2.98 $15.14 $31,480
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 640 1.27 2.55 $16.28 $33,870
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,240 1.22 2.46 $15.42 $32,070
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 970 1.19 2.39 $16.88 $35,100
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,180 1.15 2.31 $18.67 $38,830
Boise City-Nampa, ID 290 1.10 2.21 $16.87 $35,090
Jacksonville, NC 50 1.06 2.14 $12.23 $25,450




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)
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 100 0.45 0.91 $26.04 $54,170
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 90 0.69 1.40 $24.59 $51,140
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 160 1.00 2.02 $24.54 $51,050
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 60 0.59 1.19 $23.43 $48,730
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 390 0.70 1.42 $23.41 $48,690
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,250 0.73 1.47 $22.95 $47,730
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 490 0.51 1.02 $22.59 $46,980
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 990 0.99 2.00 $22.17 $46,120
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 30 0.19 0.38 $21.87 $45,500
Barnstable Town, MA (8) (8) (8) $21.82 $45,390

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 290 1.89 3.81 (8) (8)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 150 2.11 4.25 $19.68 $40,930
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 110 1.49 3.00 $18.67 $38,820
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.47 0.94 $11.71 $24,350
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area 80 1.54 3.11 $15.56 $32,370

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)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 150 2.11 4.25 $19.68 $40,930
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 290 1.89 3.81 (8) (8)
Southwestern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 70 1.84 3.70 $20.12 $41,850
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area 80 1.54 3.11 $15.56 $32,370
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 110 1.49 3.00 $18.67 $38,820

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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.60 1.20 $22.45 $46,700
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.29 0.57 $20.57 $42,790
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.01 2.04 $20.44 $42,510
Southwestern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 70 1.84 3.70 $20.12 $41,850
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 0.57 $19.71 $40,990


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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