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Highest paid travel agent roles revealed

Working in the travel industry is often said to be a labour of love. Sure the work is (usually) rewarding, but let’s face it, the cash incentives often aren’t. 


But even in the travel industry, not all pay packets are created equal. So which travel agent sector jobs are paid the most, and which could do with a boost?   

Travel recruitment firm TMS Talent has released its new Travel Salary Guide for NSW and Victorian travel industry roles, specifically for those in the travel agent sector.


It found that for higher salaries, niche rules, “with specialist and niche travel roles, and travel professionals with unique skill sets being offered the largest pay packets”, TMS Talent Group Managing Director John Terry said. 


According TMS Talent State Manager New South Wales and Queensland, Ed Hewitt, in NSW “the highest salaries across the travel landscape are within travel technology companies, which are emerging as a rapidly growing sector”. 


“Cruise consultant salaries are rising and there has been a moderate increase across the retail, corporate and wholesale sectors,” he said.


While there has been strong demand for retail travel consultants “at all levels”, “retail travel is however definitely playing catch up in relation to base salaries ... with some of the lowest paid employees belonging to bricks and mortar retail travel stores”, the report found.


Here is a rundown of the salaries for the retail sector:


Mid-level retail travel consultants continue to be the most in demand roles in leisure, with specialist product knowledge attracting top salaries, “whether it be personal travel experience to Africa, Europe or perhaps having embarked on multiple cruises around the world”.


Elsewhere, wholesale consultant salaries have stayed “consistent” and roles in wholesale travel “continue to remain a desirable option for retail consultants looking to pivot in their career”.


Wholesale salaries:


Meanwhile, with the rise and rise of luxury cruise and expedition journeys among Australian travellers, experienced cruise consultants are in high demand.


Cruise salaries:


Overall, “in 2019, the Australian travel market has seen strong hiring demand”, said Terry.


“Despite this, movement in salaries remains relatively modest and largely unchanged in the past 12 months.”


“This guide has been compiled using TMS Talent’s own market salary data and our recruitment consultants’ expertise from placing literally hundreds of travel job seekers across these markets.”


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 8 October 2019

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