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How Much Does a Guide Earn In The United States?

Guide Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$32,000
$12,000
$32,000
$82,000
Did you know that the average guide makes $32,076 per year? That's valued at $15.42 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $12,000 and $82,000, meaning guides have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most guides find a job with retail and hospitality companies, while others work for None, None, and None companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. Rhode Island, Connecticut and Maryland are the top states in the U.S. to pay guides the highest salaries.
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Where Guides Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where guides earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Guides Earn In Different Cities?

While a guide can average a salary of $32,076 per year, or $15.42 per hour, there are many opportunities for guides to make more. For example, in Scranton, PA you might make $46,677 per year. Other high-paying locations include Milton, MA, New York, NY and San Francisco, CA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Scranton, PA where the average starting salary is $18,000. The highest paying states for guides include Rhode Island, Connecticut and Maryland. Meanwhile, Indiana, Alaska, and Oklahoma offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

Scranton, PA

Salary Range28k - 75k$47k$46,677

Milton, MA

Salary Range28k - 76k$46k$46,414

New York, NY

Salary Range27k - 72k$45k$44,828

San Francisco, CA

Salary Range29k - 67k$45k$44,710

Cleveland, OH

Salary Range27k - 69k$44k$43,756

Arlington, VA

Salary Range27k - 66k$42k$42,429

El Paso, TX

Salary Range23k - 59k$38k$37,725

Overland Park, KS

Salary Range23k - 49k$34k$33,780

Greenville, SC

Salary Range22k - 51k$34k$33,750

Tampa, FL

Salary Range20k - 54k$34k$33,750
$18k
$76k

High Paying Guide Jobs

Which Companies Pay Guides The Most?

If you want to get paid the most as a guide, being employed by a company such as Palo Alto Networks or Salesforce would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Bankers Financial and Alaska USA Federal Credit Union also report highly competitive salaries for guides.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Palo Alto Networks
Salary Range88k - 108k$98k$97,647
Salesforce
Salary Range70k - 101k$85k$84,570
Bankers Financial
Salary Range65k - 89k$76k$76,307
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
Salary Range36k - 60k$47k$47,036
Providence Health & Services
Salary Range34k - 57k$45k$44,744
Sonic Automotive
Salary Range28k - 62k$42k$42,250
Bradford Health Services
Salary Range36k - 38k$38k$37,502
Rivian
Salary Range24k - 56k$37k$37,136
Samaritan Health Services
Salary Range29k - 45k$37k$36,952
American River Transportation Company
Salary Range28k - 46k$37k$36,639
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$108k

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Guide Salary History

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    Recently Added Guide Salaries

    Location
    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
    Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
    Program Safety Guide (PER Diem)
    Program Safety Guide (PER Diem)
    Program Safety Guide (PER Diem)
    Great Barrington, MA
    Great Barrington, MA
    01/23/2021
    01/23/2021
    $31,305
    $31,305
    01/23/2021
    Adventure Services Guide
    Adventure Services Guide
    Boone, CO
    Boone, CO
    01/09/2021
    01/09/2021
    $27,131
    $27,131
    01/09/2021
    Grove Guide
    Grove Guide
    Portland, ME
    Portland, ME
    01/06/2021
    01/06/2021
    $31,305
    $31,305
    01/06/2021
    Guide-Bonobos
    Guide-Bonobos
    Boulder, CO
    Boulder, CO
    12/18/2020
    12/18/2020
    $22,957
    $22,957
    12/18/2020
    Tang Guide (2 Positions Available)
    Tang Guide (2 Positions Available)
    Saratoga Springs, NY
    Saratoga Springs, NY
    11/24/2020
    11/24/2020
    $29,218
    $29,218
    11/24/2020
    Trail Guide/Wrangler
    Trail Guide/Wrangler
    Grand Canyon Village, AZ
    Grand Canyon Village, AZ
    11/16/2020
    11/16/2020
    $28,175
    $28,175
    11/16/2020
    The Escape Game
    The Escape Game
    Game Guide, SAN Francisco
    Game Guide, SAN Francisco
    Game Guide, SAN Francisco
    San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco, CA
    11/14/2020
    11/14/2020
    $32,536
    $32,536
    11/14/2020
    Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
    Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
    Program Safety Guide (PER Diem)
    Program Safety Guide (PER Diem)
    Program Safety Guide (PER Diem)
    Great Barrington, MA
    Great Barrington, MA
    11/12/2020
    11/12/2020
    $31,305
    $31,305
    11/12/2020
    Grove Guide
    Grove Guide
    Elizabethtown, PA
    Elizabethtown, PA
    11/02/2020
    11/02/2020
    $31,305
    $31,305
    11/02/2020
    SEL Guide
    SEL Guide
    Bridgeport, CT
    Bridgeport, CT
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $52,175
    $52,175
    10/29/2020