Workers Who Start in Travel Achieve Above Average Salaries

According to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data:

  • Overall, Americans whose first job was in a travel-related industry obtain an average career salary of $81,900—significantly higher than those whose first jobs were in manufacturing, construction, healthcare and most other U.S. industries.
  • Nearly 40 percent of workers who began their career in travel reached an annual career salary in excess of $100,000.
  • The travel industry also offers a statistically better career starting point for Americans with less education: workers with a high school degree or less whose first jobs were in travel reached an average career salary of $69,500, five percent greater than the average salary attained by workers who started off in other industries.

This data was analyzed for a study titled “Travel: America’s Unsung Hero of Job Creation”  to showcase the significant economic power of the travel industry in America—particularly the quality of the industry’s jobs and the large number that are created by small businesses. Did you start your successful career path working in the Virginia Beach tourism industry? We would like to hear from you. Share your story with us here.

Source: US Travel Association