Total Travel Management Compensation Up 5% Over 2010
Travel Departments Have Not Seen Job Cuts Due To Economic Conditions, According to GBTA Annual Compensation Survey
Compensation levels for travel professionals tend to increase as total domestic travel spend increases. In 2011 average compensation by title is as follows:
- Directors: 1% increase to $133,965
- Managers/ Supervisors: 11% increase to $101,250
- Coordinators/Specialists, Administrative Assistants: 5% increase to $62,514
- In addition, two out of five respondents (40%) say their employer offers a stock option plan.
- Travel managers are increasingly responsible for global programs, with 69% of respondents indicating their program covers travelers based in other countries vs. 54% of respondents in 2010.
- The role of travel managers is multifaceted. Classic duties include: negotiating with travel vendors (95%); administering corporate travel programs (91%); and developing and administering travel policy (84%).
- Buyers also have responsibilities in other areas such as technology, including evaluating and applying new technology to travel management (80%) and developing travel risk management/travel security programs (50%).
- Nearly 90% of respondents reported their convention attendance and professional association dues are benefits paid in full by their employer.
- Nearly eight out of ten (78%) said their employers also covered continuing education.
"Companies recognize that travel managers are the key to developing and implementing strategic travel management programs and are investing in their continued education," Banikowski concluded. "Through professional development, business travel buyers will continue to improve their knowledge and skills, expanding their ability to support corporate travelers and help maximize the value of their companies' travel programs."
The 2011 Travel Management Compensation and Benefits Survey from the GBTA Foundation is an annual report based on the responses of 255 corporate travel and meetings managers working in the United States and Canada. The report is designed to allow individual travel managers to compare their compensation levels and benefits to those of their peers. The report provides detailed data on respondents' gender, job titles, professional certification, years of experience, and more.
This report is free of charge to all GBTA Members (gbta.org/foundation/resourcelibrary). Non-members may purchase the report through the GBTA Foundation at email@example.com. Members of the media seeking report details should contact GBTA Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the GBTA Foundation
The GBTA Foundation is the education and research foundation of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world's premier business travel and corporate meetings organization.
Collectively, GBTA's 5,000-plus members manage over $340 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its network of 17,000 business and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers, with networking events, news, education & professional development, research, and advocacy. The foundation was established in 1997 to support GBTA's members and the industry as a whole. As the leading education and research foundation in the business travel industry, the GBTA Foundation seeks to fund initiatives to advance the business travel profession. The GBTA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, see gbta.org and gbtafoundation.org
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About the Global Business Travel Association
The GBTA Foundation is the education and research foundation of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world"s premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. Collectively, GBTA"s 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its growing network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts with world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media. The Foundation was established in 1997 to support GBTA"s members and the industry as a whole. As the leading education and research foundation in the business travel industry, the GBTA Foundation seeks to fund initiatives to advance the business travel profession. The GBTA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, see gbta.org and gbta.org/foundation.