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How much money does a local Guide earn in a day?

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by ccc, Oct 26, 2016.

  1. ccc

    ccc New Member


    How much money does a local Guide earn in a day?

  2. Admin

    Admin Administrator Staff Member

    I know a guide at Fatehpur Sikri personally and he makes Rs 15000 per month on an average. It may be different for other locations and also depends on unions.

  3. ccc

    ccc New Member

    Thx, that means something like 500.- RS a day?
  4. ccc

    ccc New Member

    How much tip should I give to a guide and how much to the driver day?
  5. Admin

    Admin Administrator Staff Member

    We don't have a tip culture like in the US. If you do want to tip I would say Rs 50 or max Rs100.

    To be honest I would just pay what's agreed to a guide and buy him a cup of tea and offer a cigarette if he's been good.

    Also Rs 500 would be for 6-7 hours not a short half an hour tour through a monument. You would need to negotiate a price. A guide at Taj Mahal would normally settle for Rs200 for an hour's tour.

    It would help to know what is it that you are trying to figure out.
  6. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hi there, welcome to the forum!

    On average, a local tour guide in India earns about Rs. 500 to Rs. 1,000 per day. This depends on whether it's peak tourist season and the experience of the tour guide as well. Of course, during low season, there are less tourists and thus, less clients for the tour guide. If the tour guide knows English or any other foreign language, the chances of getting more clients are higher too. Here's a little breakdown of the average salaries of local tour guides in India, depending on their years of experience:

    Average Salary of a Local Tour Guide in India

    Years of Experience as a Tour GuideAverage Salary
    0 to 1 yearRs. 3,000 to Rs. 5,000
    1 to 3 yearsRs. 5,000 to Rs. 10,000
    3 to 5 yearsRs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000
    5 years and aboveRs. 15,000 to Rs. 20,000

    As you can see, the more experienced the tour guide is, the higher is his fee. The good thing about experienced tour guides is that they do have the experience already so you're assured of the quality of service that is going to be provided for you. Although tourism is a thriving industry in India, the tour guides are sometimes underpaid. It does not help that the government have set such low minimum wages for the tour guides. Thus, sometimes, the newer tour guides rely on tips for them to get by with their day to day living.

    When it comes to tipping, it does depend whether you are happy with the services of the tour guide. It's totally up to you but on average, here are the rates for tipping of tour guides and drivers in India:

    Guide for Tipping of Tour Guides and Drivers in India

    Service ProviderHalf DayFull DayMultiple Days
    Tour GuideAverage of Rs. 300 to Rs. 400 & up to Rs. 500Average of Rs. 600 to 800 & up to Rs. 1,300About Rs. 600 to Rs. 700 per day
    DriverAverage of Rs. 200 to Rs. 300 & up to Rs. 500Average of Rs. 500 to Rs. 700 & up to Rs. 1,000About Rs. 500 to Rs. 600 per day

    First of all, it is still up to you on what to tip your service provider in India. If you are happy with the quality of service given to you, you can even tip higher than this. If you encounter services lower than your expectations, then you might even choose not to tip at all. These rates are just guides for you.

    So if every you're happy with the services given by a guide to you, you can tip him about Rs. 300 to Rs. 500, for a half day service. If the tour guide was with you the whole day, you can tip him up to Rs. 1,300 but the average rates are Rs. 600 to Rs. 800. If the guide would be with you for a couple of days, you can tip him about Rs. 700 per day.

    As for the driver, this also depends upon you. If he was able to follow all the rules of the road and was very engaging, not taking you to shops or hotels which he has commissions with, then you can tip him accordingly. On a half day service, you can tip him up to Rs. 500, if you're satisfied with his services. If you would be hiring the driver for the whole day, you can tip him Rs. 500 to Rs. 700 or up to Rs. 1,000. If hiring him for several days, you can tip him about Rs. 600 per day.

    Although tipping is not mandatory, it does help these local guides and drivers to thrive despite their small income. If we can help them and give them the necessary tips for the quality of services that they provide, rest assured that the next client would have a great experience with them as well. But yes, as what has been said, tipping is not a norm in India although it's a nice gesture.

    I hope this helps you!:)
  7. Admin

    Admin Administrator Staff Member

    No one tips that much. You have picked up those numbers off some tour guide website who post such numbers to increase their income. Tipping Rs300-500 for half a day would mean a 100% tip at going rates and that's not what people do.
  8. ccc

    ccc New Member

    Thx a lot!
  9. Talking Monkey

    Talking Monkey New Member

    Rs500 for a days work max and Rs 100 tip is the upper ceiling for me.
  10. Triptoli

    Triptoli New Member

    I agree with admin, monument guides earn something from 200 to 500 for 1 hour monument visit and no tip system here in Jaipur too. Instead of paying tip, people generally offer tea or food items.
  11. Cwebster

    Cwebster New Member

    yep, thank you