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Old 07-10-2013   #1
 
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average earning for a guide

Just out of curiosity, I wonder how much a guide earns before and with tips? I'm sure different rivers and trips pay differently, but I still wonder.

Grand guide average earning per day?

Salmon guide?

Cat guide?

etc?

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Poor and tan.....
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Guiding class 5 pays $100-150 per trip in MD, WV, and PA. No overnights around here. Tips pay $0 up to a small fortune.
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Average on the Arkansas would be about $80 - $90 for a full day trip, plus tip. Give or take a little if you are a seasoned veteran or a rookie. Tip varies from $0 to $100 or more.
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In Oregon day trips are $75-100 depending on experience and training. Tips are typically $20 a day. Overnight trips tend to pay about $30 more per day. A good rule of thumb for a paddle trip is the guide gets paid about equal to what one customer pays to be on the trip.
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I'd bring home 10-15K for a summer in AK.
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My last year as a full time guide on Colorado Class IV I earned about $110 a day with about $70 per day in tips. I worked 6 days a week during peak season and probably averaged 4 days a week from May 15 to August 31 because of the slow early and late seasons. So I made $8,000 or so in 3 1/2 months. This was as a charismatic, talented, very attractive ten-plus year raft guide. A two month Gauley season could probably add another $5k for a hard worker. There you have it; in ten years of hard work you too can earn $13,000 a year!
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You guys need to get down under. In Australia, guides are on anywhere between $200-$300 a day. No tips. Short season, small market but there is work around and our rivers are pretty technical, narrow and shallow.
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There is an old joke which asks the question, "What is the difference between a raft guide and stock and bonds?"

Answer - "Eventually stocks and bonds mature and make money."
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another one is

How do you get 20 raft guides into a closet?
- let 'em live there.

How do you get 20 raft guides out of a closet?
- charge 'em rent.
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