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What is the Travel Agent Job Market Really Like?

 DONALD WOOD  JUNE 21, 2018

A new survey released Wednesday gathered information for travel agents on their employment conditions, challenges, experiences and compensation, as well as job seekers in the travel industry.

The 2017 Travel Industry Employee/Jobseeker Survey was launched by leading job resource site HotTravelJobs.com with the intent of finding a better understanding of the salary, hiring information and industry trends from travel agents in the field.

The study also compares salary changes between 2016 and 2017.

Corporate Travel Agent Results

2017 Salary 2016 Salary
Average National Salary $53,520 Average National Salary $47,814
Northeast Average Salary $56,680 Northeast Average Salary $47,213
Southeast Average Salary $48,446 Southeast Average Salary $47,872
Southwest Average Salary $46,592 Southwest Average Salary $51,132
Western Average Salary $55,588 Mid-Atlantic Average Salary $52,116
Midwestern Average Salary $51,384 Midwestern Average Salary $46,118

Over 400 travel agents were surveyed as part of the research, and the data found a significant increase in salary for corporate travel agents, with overall compensation increasing by 12 percent.

Leisure Travel Agents

2017 Salary 2016 Salary
Average National Salary $42,876 Average National Salary $46,101
Northeast Average Salary $42,271 Northeast Average Salary $50,000
Southeast Average Salary $34,034 Southeast Average Salary $49,000
Southwest Average Salary $78,333 Southwest Average Salary $45,400
Western Average Salary $46,000 Mid-Atlantic Average Salary $31,500
Midwestern Average Salary $24,880 Midwestern Average Salary $46,380

On the other hand, the compensation for leisure travel agents decreased by seven percent when compared to 2016, but HotTravelJobs.com attributes the drop to the increased number of independent agents affiliated with host agencies.

The survey also found the host agency model has been one of the largest growing ways for new travel agents to enter the industry.