Fishing Guides


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Fishing Guides

Fishing Guides - Wages & Trends

Earnings for hunting and fishing guides differ from state to state and from one expedition to another. Pay varies with the worker's level of responsibility, hours, specialty, and type of employer. Income for some guides depends on the number of clients each month. Room and board is provided by some employers. Guides may also receive substantial tips for their services.

Few guides have regular wages or fringe benefits. Their earnings depend on their skills, and their ability to get new clients and keep the ones they have. Many work other jobs during the off-season.

Tour and travel guides (SOC 39-7010)
Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $11.90 $13.48 $15.43
Yearly $24,758 $28,041 $32,086
    Cook County Hourly $12.36 $13.66 $15.06
Yearly $25,703 $28,409 $31,334
    Du Page County Hourly $13.06 $15.79 $23.93
Yearly $27,169 $32,843 $49,767
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $9.44 $11.16 $12.30
Yearly $19,643 $23,215 $25,579
    Rockford Area Hourly $9.53 $10.83 $12.93
Yearly $19,821 $22,536 $26,889
    Springfield Area Hourly $11.10 $12.21 $14.48
Yearly $23,096 $25,406 $30,113
United States Hourly $11.04 $13.27 $17.20
Yearly $22,970 $27,600 $35,780

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