What Do Travel Percentages Mean in a Job Description?

What Do Travel Percentages Mean in a Job Description?

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When you’re applying for jobs, you may notice that some of them have travel percentages. But what exactly are these? What does 10%, 25%, or 75% travel mean?

Travel percentages in a job description mean the amount of time in hours or days you will be traveling during your working hours. The percentages may vary depending on the position and company. For example, one job may require 50% travel time, while another may require 25%. 

This article will dive deeper into what 10, 25, 50, and 75 travel percentages in a job description mean and their pros and cons. If you decide to apply for a job with a travel percentage, I’ll give you a couple of tips on how to increase your chances of landing an interview — and, hopefully, secure that job for good. 

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How Often Is 10% Travel?

Ten percent (10%) of travel time usually means one or two months’ worth of business trips each year. This is roughly equivalent to two days per month or one day every two weeks.

For jobs with compulsory travel time, 10% or less is the most favorable as it gives you the flexibility of balancing work and personal life. You also don’t have to spend too much time away from home or worry about whether you need to bring your spouse and children with you.

On the other hand, your particular line of work may require you to travel more than 10% of the time in practice. For example, a business deal won’t always conclude within a single session. You may need to travel several times to secure that valuable contract, and the 10% travel allocated to you may not be enough for that.

What Does 25% Travel Mean in a Job Description?

Twenty-five percent (25%) travel means you will spend at least a quarter of your working hours away from your usual place of work. It amounts to 3 months per year, one week per month, or two days per week. Every company may have its own travel plan and distribute annual travel hours differently.

In most 25% travel arrangements, you may be accompanied by a senior employee. That gives you the opportunity to learn from them and visit new places at the same time.  

What Does Travel Up to 50% Mean on a Job Application?

Traveling up to 50% on a job application means going for overnight or international business trips for six months annually, two weeks per month, or three days per week.

This is a lot if you have a family and can also increase stress levels, since you may have to travel to places you don’t like. But if you like traveling and have no family responsibilities, this can be an opportunity to network and level up your skills.

What Does 75% Travel Mean in a Job?

75% travel in a job means you will travel nine months per year, three weeks each month, or four days per week. You will essentially live out of your suitcase and move from hotel to hotel. This is ideal if you are single and do not mind spending time away from the comfort of your home.

Usually, under a 75% travel setup, you aren’t likely to be supervised, meaning you can make decisions on your own. If those decisions pan out well, you may set yourself up for promotion. Also, if you’re spending three-fourths of your time away from work, the company will likely shoulder most (if not all) of your expenses.

On the other hand, most jobs that require you to travel three-fourths of the time are pretty stressful (e.g. executive positions). You may rake in a hefty salary, but the tradeoff is little time for yourself, your family, and your non-work-related hobbies and goals. 

How To Get a Job That Requires You To Travel

If you’re deadset on getting a job that includes a travel percentage in the description, here are a few tips to keep in mind — whether you’re writing your cover letter or answering an interview question on whether you’re willing to travel or not.

  • Highlight any previous travel experience you have. You want to reassure your potential employer that you’re not likely to, say, suffer from jet lag, or commit novice mistakes like forgetting to apply for a visa in countries that require them.
  • Be honest about the amount of time you’re willing to spend traveling. The more honest you are about what you want at the job application or interview stage, the more likely you’ll end up with a job that’s a good fit for you. 

Final Thoughts

Evaluating the time you’ll be traveling in a job description can help you decide whether a position is right for you. On the one hand, traveling often translates to more opportunities for promotion and career growth. On the other hand, traveling can be stressful and take a toll on your physical, mental, and psychological health. Ultimately, it all boils down to your personal priorities and values.