ASTA Launches New Salary Comparison Tool

How does your salary compare? If you want to find out how your salary compares to others, the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) has launched a new online interactive salary tool at www.ASTA.org. The new tool is designed to help agency owners and managers, as well as current and prospective employees see where they rank in terms of salary and benefits.

By utilizing the tool, ASTA travel agency owners and managers can benchmark their employee's salaries against others in their region, while employees and those looking for jobs can see how their pay or a proposed salary compares against their peers, ASTA said.

"The latest tool available on ASTA.org is another tool members won't find elsewhere to help them attract new talent and retain the employees they have," said ASTA president and CEO Cheryl Hudak. "It allows people to determine baseline salaries for their region and level of expertise. Armed with this information, travel agency managers will be in a better position to recruit and retain the workforce they want."

Salaries displayed in the online tool reflect current market conditions as seen in ASTA’s 2007 Labor and Compensation Report. Users are asked to choose from one of the four types of positions covered in the report. This includes travel agents with one year's experience, starting travel agent with limited experience, a managerial position with sales responsibilities and a managerial position without sales responsibilities.

The search is can then be further refined by selecting additional breakout data such as business type–ranging from home-based agencies with one employee to a multi-location agency–company size or state. Visit www.ASTA.org/education.

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