Travel Agent Salary

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How much does a travel agent make? A travel agent earns an average salary for their travel expertise. Travel agents plans customer itineraries, arranges accommodations and other travel services for customers of the travel agency. Travel agents talk with customers to determine the customer's chosen destination, travel dates, mode of transportation, financial considerations, and accommodations required. Travel agents help travelers sort through information related to their travel destination in order to help clients obtain the best possible travel arrangements. Travel agents offer advice regarding customer travel decisions, including airline, hotel, car rental, as well as resort travel, and specialty travel groups available to the customer.

Travel Agent Salary

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Travel agents advise travelers about travel including attractions, weather conditions, local ordinances and customs, and exhibitions. Travel agents advise international travelers regarding required documents such as visas, passports, and certificates of vaccination, currency exchange rates, and travel advisories. Travel agents intercede on the traveler's behalf when there are changes in itinerary in the middle of a trip.

Travel Agent Job Duties:

Converse with customer to determine destination, mode of transportation, travel dates, financial considerations, and accommodations required.

Collect payment for transportation and accommodations from customer.

Book transportation and hotel reservations, using computer terminal or telephone.

Compute cost of travel and accommodations, using calculator, computer, carrier tariff books, and hotel rate books, or quote package tour's costs.

Plan, describe, arrange, and sell itinerary tour packages and promotional travel incentives offered by various travel carriers.

Print or request transportation carrier tickets, using computer printer system or system link to travel carrier.

Provide customer with brochures and publications containing travel information, such as local customs, points of interest, or foreign country regulations.

The most common requirement for a travel agent position is a high school diploma or its equivalent. Job seekers are attracted to the travel agent occupation because of travel benefits, such as reduced rates for lodging and transportation. Travel agents with formal training, who specialize in specific destinations or in certain types of travel or travelers, will have the best opportunities for obtaining a job. Travel jobs and earnings may decline when clients are unable to afford to travel during economic downturns. There is expected to be little to no growth or change in travel employment from 2008 to 2018.

How much does a travel agent make per hour?

A May 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows the median hourly wages for travel agents was $15.60.

Industry And Hourly Wages

Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services $15.47

Management of Companies and Enterprises $20.78

Employment Services $16.54

Insurance Carriers $16.06

Scheduled Air Transportation $16.61

How much does a travel agent make per year?

The median yearly salary for travel agents according to a May 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics report was $32,450.

Industry And Annual Wages

Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services $32,170

Management of Companies and Enterprises $43,210

Employment Services $34,410

Insurance Carriers $33,400

Scheduled Air Transportation $34,550

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