One of the first things aspiring travel agents search for in the Internet is what the average salary is when you work for a travel agency.
In this article, I’ll give you quick rundown of what to expect for compensation as well as some of the additional benefits and perks.
Travel Agent Salary – What to expect
Before well delve into actual numbers, it’s necessary to understand that there is more than one place you can work as a travel agent. Travel agencies don’t have a monopoly… despite what one might imagine.
In addition to the traditional agency, you might find yourself working for a tour operator, a visitor bureau, or even an international real estate development company. You may even find yourself working from home as an independent agent or in some type of virtual travel agent agreement.
Every position has different salary ranges. The following numbers are only rough estimates, as of November 2009.
Traditional travel agency jobs usually offer salary anywhere between K and K. This number can vary widely, and is heavily weighed on your personal training and skill set.
Working as an independent agent usually awards bigger rewards due to bigger risks/higher rate of failure. Most of these positions work on a commission basis, as opposed to a traditional salary.
The average home based travel agent can expect to make between K and K, with high flyers making significantly more.
A caveat about these numbers
These numbers may seem either high or low, depending on your personal work experiences. However, it’s important to remember that your income as a travel agent is dependent on what you bring to the table.
And, as I mentioned earlier, what you make is heavily weighed by the type of training you get. Many schools simply don’t give you the tools needed to succeed as a travel agent. You have to make sure you get your training from a reputable information source.
How to become a travel agent – The best way to get training
Sure, being a travel agent is one of the most exciting jobs you can find. However, you have to do certain things if you want to enjoy the salary… and the other perks.
If you’re interested in becoming an agent, I suggest giving a peak at what Amazon has to offer. In particular, there are three resources that give you the nuts and bolts of becoming a travel agent… at a fraction of the cost.
While these three resources (often called the travel agent mini-set) aren’t advertised openly on the Amazon website, you can find a link to all three in the resource box below.