Travel agents

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2019 Workforce
69.5k
Average Age
49.3
Estimated Job Growth
−25.9%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$50,035
Average Male Salary
$79,874
Average Female Salary
$43,004

About

Travel agents are most often employed by the Travel arrangements & reservation services industry. The average yearly wage for Travel agents was $50,035 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Travel agents by wage are Military, rank not specified, Other therapists, including exercise physiologists, and Riggers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Travel agents are Queens Village, Cambria Heights & Rosedale PUMA, NY. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Travel agents are Queens Village, Cambria Heights & Rosedale PUMA, NY.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Travel agents and on wages and locations for those in the field. Travel arrangements & reservation services is the industry that employs the most Travel agents, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Travel agents, by average wage, is Administration of economic programs & space research. Travel agents are paid most in Miramar (West) & Pembroke Pines (Southwest) Cities PUMA, FL but are relatively concentrated in Queens Village, Cambria Heights & Rosedale PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$50,035
AVERAGE SALARY
± $6,999

In 2019, Travel agents earned an average of $50,035, $5,489 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Military, rank not specified make somewhat more than Travel agents while Riggers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Travel agents as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.309
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Travel agents had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.309, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Travel agents (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Travel agents.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Travel agents

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Travel agents.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Travel agents, by number of employees, are Travel arrangements & reservation services, Nondepository credit & related activities, and Water transportation.

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Industries by Share

69.5k
2019 Workforce
± 6,473
4.53%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 12.7%

The number of people employed as Travel agents has been growing at a rate of 4.53%, from 66,536 people in 2018 to 69,549 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Travel agents employed by various industries. Travel arrangements & reservation services employs the largest share of Travel agents at  89.2%, followed by Nondepository credit & related activities with 1.34% and Water transportation with 1.24%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Travel agents in the US. The average age of male Travel agents in the workforce is 47.3 and of female Travel agents is 49.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Travel agents is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

13.3k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,827
56.3k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 5,824

80.9% of Travel agents are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Travel agents.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Travel agents
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

64.7% of Travel agents are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 12.2% of Travel agents, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Travel agents.

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Age by Gender

47.3
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 3.23
49.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.44

The median age of Travel agents is 49.3, and Male employees are generally 2.43 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Travel agents from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Travel agents is Business but a relatively high number of Travel agents hold a major in Language & Linguistics.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Travel agents from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Travel agents need many skills, but most especially Active Listening, Service Orientation, and Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Travel agents need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Persuasion, and Management of Financial Resources.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Travel Agents from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Travel Agents are expected to see a growth of −25.9% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

−25.9%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Travel Agents. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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