Tennis coach salaries in the United States hit a record high in 2017, according to the Association of Tourist Attorneys General (ATAG).
While it was a year ago, the average tourist was paid a record $1,066 per week, according a new report from the AATAG.
That’s up 5 percent from last year, and the highest number in a decade.
Tourist pay has also risen at a much faster rate than overall pay for all Americans, which rose 1.4 percent, to $1.27 billion in 2017.
“The majority of tour guides in the U.S. are not employed at all,” the report said.
“They are working part-time or part-year, or even on the side, for as little as $1 an hour.”
In other words, a tourist who has a high school diploma and earns $40,000 per year is paid more than a professional tennis player with an equivalent degree and years of experience.
A tourist with a bachelor’s degree and less than 15 years of tour experience was paid $4,800 per week in 2017 — up 5.6 percent from 2016.
The number of professional tour guides has grown by 10.2 percent, the report showed, while the number of full-time employees of tour operators has dropped by 12.4.
And while tour operators have seen an increase in revenue, the industry’s total revenue in 2017 was $19.9 billion, down $3.9 million from the previous year.
In the meantime, the pay of tour instructors has continued to decline.
The average paid tour instructor was paid an average of $1.,094 per week last year — down 7.4 from 2016, the AAG report found.
Tourists in their 20s made the biggest gains, with an average salary of $3,700 per week.
The pay of the 50- to 64-year-old demographic grew by 14.6 percentage points from last summer to $3.,890 per week; those earning less than $60,000 a year saw their average salary drop by 8.1 percent.
The report said tour guides with less than 20 years of touring experience made an average $2.09 million last year.
And those with less experience made the least in 2017: an average income of $2 per week — down 1.2 percentage points.
Tour instructors who work in the tourism industry also made less money than those who are not, the study said.
They were paid an hourly wage of $13.71 last year and an hourly rate of $8.25 in 2017 for tour guides who were paid $16.40 or less, a $1 decrease from 2016 (the highest rate of wage growth among all professions).
Tourists who were hired full-timers had an average hourly wage that was $8 an hour, down 5.5 percent from the average of tour guide wages reported last year ($10.30).
A tour guide with a full-year of experience was making an average wage of about $14 an hour in 2017 and about $11.50 per hour in 2018.
That means tour guides were making $10 per hour more in 2017 than they were last year for full-season positions, but not more than $11 per hour.
Tour guides were paid more money for a similar amount of work in 2017 in the same age bracket, as they were in 2016.
And a tour person working for $30 an hour was paid about $8,000 more in 2018 than she was last year in a similar age bracket.
For all professions, the most recent data show the median annual salary rose by 1.5 percentage points between 2016 and 2017.
But the pay growth was uneven, with the wage of tourists at the bottom of the scale increasing more than the wages of professional athletes, who made up more than half of all tour guides last year but only a small percentage of the country’s tour work force.
And the pay gap between tour instructors and tour operators is widening.
A report released in May by the U to the U Foundation for the Advancement of Tourism, an advocacy group, found that in 2018, the median pay for a senior tour guide increased by 1 percent, while a senior operator salary increased by 3 percent.
A senior tour instructor in the city of Columbus, Ohio, received a median salary of more than twice the amount of a tour operator.
The median salary for a recreational operator in Columbus, an urban area of Ohio, was $40.43 per hour, and a recreational tour operator earned $43.16 per hour (compared to $36.20 for a junior tour operator).
A senior operator in the Los Angeles area, California, earned $50.40 per hour as a tour manager, up from $43 per an hour.
A junior tour manager in the Dallas area, Texas, earned nearly