Travel is an awesome industry to work in for so many reasons – but unfortunately, great pay isn’t usually one of them. So what is the going rate these days?

C&M Travel Recruitment crunched the numbers and sent the results out in an email to subscribers.

The Sydney-based recruitment company’s results are based on a compilation of salary and market information provided by travel industry employers and employees.


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Now let’s take a look at what you should expect to be paid in 2019.

When it comes to Independent Travel Agencies, Junior Travel Consultants with 0 to 1 years of experience can expect a salary between $42,000 and $45,000 + incentives.

Move up to 1 to 3 years of experience and your pay should be between $48,000 and $52,000 + incentives.

A senior consultant should be on $55,000 to $65,000 + incentives. A branch manager, on the other hand, is looking at $75,000 to $90,000 + incentives.

When it comes to high commission based Travel Consultants their average income this year is between $44,000 to $52,000 for juniors, $53,000 to $62,000 for intermediate staff, $56,000 to $72,000 for senior roles and $73,000 to $91,000 for branch managers.

Those working in reservations are on $45,000 to $50,000 first year out, before moving up to $50,000 to $60,000 with one year’s experience.

A reservations team leader, on the other hand, sits on $65,000 to $75,000 while a manager takes home $74,000 to $91,000.

A BDM (on the road) with 1 to 2 years experience is pocketing $65,000 to $75,000 + Tools of the Trade + car + bonus per year while a BDM (on the road) with 3 years + experience sits on $80,000 to $90,000 + Tools of the Trade +car + bonus.

Move up to National Sales Manager and you should be enjoying a three-figure salary of $105,000-$130,000 + incentives.

Click here to read the full report.

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