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Travel Agents

Travel Agents - Wages & Trends

Not all travel agents are paid by the hour. Some receive a portion of the price of what they sell, which is called a commission. Some travel agents earn only a commission, and others receive a commission plus a low hourly wage.

Pay varies with the employer's location and size, as well as the agent's experience and sales ability. Agencies that work with big businesses tend to pay higher salaries and provide more benefits than those that focus on leisure sales.

As agencies increasingly pay commissions, they may reduce benefits. Sick leave and vacation pay may not be provided to agents who receive commissions. Travel agents generally receive reduced prices on their own travel. Salaried travel agents who work full time usually receive benefits. Typical benefits include sick leave, paid vacation, and health insurance. Self-employed travel agents must provide their own insurance.

Travel agents (SOC 41-3041)
Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $16.43 $21.29 $26.98
Yearly $34,172 $44,275 $56,123
    Cook County Hourly $17.01 $21.65 $27.68
Yearly $35,381 $45,031 $57,582
    Du Page County Hourly $19.19 $23.32 $27.43
Yearly $39,925 $48,502 $57,055
    Edwardsville Area Hourly $11.71 $14.29 $19.77
Yearly $24,366 $29,732 $41,119
    Lake County Hourly $16.94 $19.74 $23.44
Yearly $35,225 $41,065 $48,745
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $15.21 $19.76 $28.12
Yearly $31,632 $41,096 $58,482
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $14.35 $19.73 $27.22
Yearly $29,844 $41,044 $56,622
    Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area Hourly $11.01 $12.41 $16.36
Yearly $22,909 $25,810 $34,038
    Rockford Area Hourly $12.50 $16.05 $19.97
Yearly $25,991 $33,380 $41,545
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $8.70 $9.05 $10.81
Yearly $18,097 $18,825 $22,482
United States Hourly $14.61 $19.55 $26.30
Yearly $30,400 $40,660 $54,710

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.