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March/April 2019

US travel buyer pay stays steady

Pile of US $100 bills

According to research by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), travel buyers in the US earned an average of $108,000 in pay between 2017 and 2018.

The GBTA’s annual Compensation and Benefits study reveals salaries, bonuses and benefits for US buyers and identifies disparities in pay based on demographics such as gender, education, region and position.

Although the average pay remained steady, 85 per cent of US travel buyers reported higher total compensation in 2018. More than three-quarters said they are happy with their overall pay packages.

However, male travel buyers earned an average of 13 per cent more than their female counterparts, with men receiving an average of $119,000 and women getting $105,000.

The largest discrepancy, however, can be attributed to job title; those at executive or director level received on average $174,000, while managers were compensated with $140,000 and entry-level or experienced buyers got $94,000.

When it comes to asking for more money, where a pay rise was not possible, US travel managers preferred additional holiday allotment or paid time off, remote work opportunities and health insurance.

View further details from the report here


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