Hospitality Management: Salary Guide

There are many different job options available within the hospitality management field. The variety of jobs available also means a variety of available salaries. The following is a general guide to the three top jobs and salaries within the industry.

Food Service Managers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the median annual wage for food service managers as of May 2010 was $48,130, or $23.14 per hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $30,480, and the top 10 percent earned more than $80,410.

The median annual wages in industries employing the largest numbers of food service managers were as follows:

  • Traveler accommodation: $55,010
  • Special food services: $52,890
  • Full-service restaurants: $51,210
  • Elementary and secondary schools: $46,810
  • Limited-service eating places: $43,080

Lodging Managers

The median annual wage in May 2010 for lodging managers, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $46,880 per year or $22.54 per hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,460, and the top 10 percent earned more than $87,920.

The following are the median annual wages in industries employing the largest numbers of lodging managers:

  • Management of companies and enterprises: $64,640
  • Activities related to real estate: $56,080
  • Full-service restaurants: $46,840
  • Traveler accommodation: $46,550
  • RV (recreational vehicle) parks and recreational camps: $42,070

Chefs and Head Cooks

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in May 2010, the annual income for chefs and head cooks was $40,630, or $19.53 per hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,260, and the top 10 percent earned more than $70,960.

The level of pay for chefs and head cooks varies greatly depending on the region and employer. Upscale restaurants and hotels offer the highest pay. Additionally, major metropolitan and resort areas often have a higher pay than rural areas.

Hospitality Management Colleges

Ashford University
BA: Service Mgmt - Hospitality Enterprise
Ashford University - Ashford University is a private college and has several degrees that can be completed entirely online like the BA in Service Management with a specialization in Hospitality Enterprise. Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wascsenior.org.
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