How Much Does A Travel Writer Make?

Flair for the written word and passion for visiting different areas of the world mark the travel writer. Writers who are still establishing their names in the profession will find it may be difficult to depend totally on travel writing for a living at first since many writers work freelance and pay is given for every assignment completed.

When their work starts getting published and their opinions become valued by travelers and travel publications, the profession provides not only sufficient income but comes with the chance to do business and pleasure in one trip.

Average Travel Writer Annual Salary

$71,920

The average annual salary for travel writers is $71,920 a year. Salaries start at $29,380 a year and go up to $118,640 a year.

Average Travel Writer Hourly Wage

$34.58

The average hourly wage for a travel writer is $34.58. Hourly wages were between $14.12 and $57.04 an hour.

Stats were based out of 44,690 employed travel writers in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Travel Writer

$118,640/year $57.04/hour

(Top 10% of Travel Writers)


Senior Travel Writer

$83,500/year $40.15/hour

(Top 25% of Travel Writers)


Mid Level Travel Writer

$61,240/year $29.44/hour

(Median)


Junior Travel Writer

$43,130/year $20.73/hour

(Bottom 25% of Travel Writers)


Entry Level Travel Writer

$29,380/year $14.12/hour

(Bottom 10% of Travel Writers)


Travel Writer Average Salary Comparison

Broadcast News Analysts
$78k / year
$37 / hour
Technical Writers
$73k / year
$35 / hour
Writers and Authors
$71k / year
$34 / hour
Editors
$66k / year
$31 / hour
Public Relations Specialists
$66k / year
$31 / hour
Interpreters and Translators
$51k / year
$24 / hour
Media and Communication Workers, All Other
$50k / year
$24 / hour
Reporters and Correspondents
$49k / year
$23 / hour
Radio and Television Announcers
$48k / year
$23 / hour
Public Address System and Other Announcers
$42k / year
$20 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Travel Writers

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Travel Writers

Travel Writer Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 District of Columbia $47.10 $97,970
#2 California $46.11 $95,920
#3 New York $39.93 $83,060
#4 Maryland $38.51 $80,110
#5 Colorado $35.90 $74,660
#6 Alaska $35.86 $74,600
#7 New Jersey $35.52 $73,890
#8 Massachusetts $34.99 $72,790
#9 Illinois $33.31 $69,280
#10 Pennsylvania $32.40 $67,390
#11 Oregon $32.40 $67,390
#12 North Carolina $31.96 $66,470
#13 Virginia $31.92 $66,390
#14 Connecticut $31.67 $65,860
#15 Washington $31.57 $65,670
#16 Georgia $30.85 $64,160
#17 Missouri $30.62 $63,680
#18 Michigan $30.12 $62,660
#19 Minnesota $29.63 $61,630
#20 Idaho $29.05 $60,430
#21 West Virginia $28.47 $59,230
#22 New Hampshire $27.74 $57,700
#23 Arizona $26.85 $55,840
#24 Tennessee $26.46 $55,030
#25 Hawaii $26.44 $55,000
#26 Florida $26.35 $54,810
#27 South Dakota $26.17 $54,430
#28 Texas $26.01 $54,100
#29 Nevada $25.99 $54,050
#30 Rhode Island $25.95 $53,980
#31 Ohio $25.55 $53,150
#32 Vermont $25.42 $52,870
#33 Alabama $24.69 $51,360
#34 Oklahoma $24.63 $51,230
#35 Louisiana $24.53 $51,030
#36 Wyoming $23.92 $49,760
#37 New Mexico $23.52 $48,930
#38 Kansas $23.30 $48,460
#39 Utah $23.09 $48,030
#40 Nebraska $22.88 $47,580
#41 Indiana $22.87 $47,580
#42 Kentucky $22.87 $47,580
#43 Arkansas $22.73 $47,280
#44 Wisconsin $22.47 $46,750
#45 Iowa $21.69 $45,120
#46 North Dakota $19.67 $40,920
#47 Mississippi $19.61 $40,800
#48 Montana $18.90 $39,310
#49 Puerto Rico $17.12 $35,610

Travel Writer Pay By State


Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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