The Average Salary of Hospitality Management

by Lucy Friend; Updated September 26, 2017

Hospitality management professionals oversee and direct services related to accommodations, entertainment and food service. This can include hotels, restaurants, casinos and other establishments that provide hospitality services to guests. Salary can vary for hospitality management based on the responsibilities of the job. In May 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, estimated average salaries for several types of hospitality management occupations.

Lodging Managers

Lodging managers direct activities for organizations that provide lodging, such as hotels and resorts. Approximately 31,660 individuals worked in this occupation as of May 2009. Median annual wages were $46,300. The 25th percentile earned $35,310 per year and the 75th percentile earned $63,890 per year. The highest level of employment was in the traveler accommodations industry, where lodging managers earned annual mean wages of $52,830.

Food Service Managers

Food service managers direct activities for organizations that offer food services for customers. Approximately 190,250 food service managers worked in this occupation in May 2009. Median annual wages were $47,210. The 25th percentile earned $37,410 per year and the 75th percentile earned $61,070 per year. The highest levels of employment for these professionals were in the limited service eating places industry, including fast-food restaurants, where annual mean wages were $45,370.

Gaming Managers

Gaming managers oversee the operations of a casino. This includes overseeing staff, enforcing gaming policies and ensuring guests are entertained. Approximately 3,390 gaming managers worked in the United States in May 2009. Median annual wages were $67,380. The 25th percentile earned $51,590 per year and the 75th percentile earned $86,730 per year. The highest levels of employment for gaming managers were found in the travel accommodations industry, earning annual mean wages of $78,770.

Other Hopsitality Management Occupations

Along with lodging, food service and gaming managers, other occupations related to the hospitality management include jobs such as general, sales and revenue management. In February 2011, PayScale reported average salaries for hotel and hospitality management occupations based on 10,234 individuals reporting their wages. Hotel general managers earned average salaries of $53,423 per year. Directors of sales and marketing earned an average salary of $69,407 per year and revenue managers earned an average salary of $51,285 per year.

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