GETTYSBURG, Pa. (STACKER) – Travelers are raring to hit the road and take in some of the best attractions in the United States. More than 30,980 tour and travel guides are ready to show them the way.
Bounce examined employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to find which metropolitan areas employ the most tour and travel guides. In addition to the number of people employed in the industry, the data shows that the top 20 destinations that emerged from the study are located near metropolitan areas and state and national parks—destinations which have gained popularity since the pandemic.
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Annual salaries were determined with information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics—which showed a mean hourly wage of $15.96—and multiplying that by 40 hours a week for 52 weeks per year. Some things that can be deduced from this information include the length of the tourism season for certain destinations and the intricacies of tours.
Though California, Florida, and Colorado emerged as the states that employ the most tour guides, the top 20 tour destinations listed here only include one California destination. Read on to check out the top 20 destinations and some of the sights that await.
#20. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
– Tour guides per 1,000 jobs: 0.69
– Hourly median wage: $13.99
– Annual median wage: $29,100
Located in South Carolina Lowcountry, Hilton Head Island is known for its pristine beaches and lush natural habitats.
Receiving local insight on flora and fauna from naturalists and master birders at destinations like the Audubon Newhall Preserve and Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge enriches a visit. Staff of organizations like Sea Turtle Patrol and Turtle Trackers educate the public about loggerhead turtles