Hotels provide services to their guests 24 hour a day, which requires staff to work overnight shifts. A night auditor is a hotel employee who works during the evening hours and handles accounting and bookkeeping responsibilities. In December 2010, PayScale reported average salaries based on 1,807 people employed in this occupation.
Hotel night auditors receive an hourly and overtime wages and may receive tips from hotel guests. The average hourly salary ranges from $8.84 to $11.81, and overtime ranges from $13.22 to $17.87 an hour. Tips range from 12 to 75 cents an hour. Some hotels offer bonuses based on individual performance and company revenues. Bonuses range from $76 to $494 a year. The total average compensation ranges from $18,762 to $25,884 a year.
Many employers require only a high school diploma or GED for this occupation and some experience with accounting and bookkeeping. Salary for hotel night auditors change minimally for those who obtain post-secondary education. Those with a high school diploma or GED reported average salaries ranging from $8.73 to $10.23 an hour, and those with an associate degree reported average salaries ranging from $7.27 to $12.33 an hour.
Hotel night auditors can work in a variety of travel accommodation industries, including hotels, travel and hospitality services, casinos and resorts. The highest salaries are in the casino and resort industry, where hotel night auditors earned an average salary ranging from $9.91 to $13.05 an hour. General hotels paid average salaries ranging from $9.33 to $12.14 an hour, and time share and resort industries paid average salaries ranging from $9.32 to $12.11 an hour.
Because hotel night auditors handle financial reporting for travel accommodation industries, many pursue better opportunities and are promoted into positions with more responsibilities. Common future careers in hotels include front desk shift manager earning average salaries ranging from $22,071 to $36,067 a year. Those who become assistant general managers earn average salaries ranging from $27,480 to $45,219 a year, and those who become general managers earn average salaries ranging from $38,307 to $77,372 a year.