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Sightseeing Guides

Sightseeing Guides - Wages & Trends

Wages vary by the time of year. During peak tourist seasons, tour guides have many opportunities to work overtime and earn higher wages. However, they may not work at all during some of the winter months. Wages also vary by area of the country.

Most tour guides receive free meals and hotel rooms while conducting tours. They may also receive a small stipend to cover their personal expenses.

Tour guides may receive benefits, such as paid vacation, sick leave, and health insurance. They may also receive discounts from hotels and airlines. 

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.