The motel is an American invention, the word a combination of motor and hotel, meaning a hotel designed for convenient vehicular access, usually close to a highway. The first motel was the Motel Inn in San Luis Obispo, California, founded in 1925 by Arthur Heinman. This industry has grown dramatically over the years, and many tens of thousands of people work in the motel industry, including motel managers.
Education/Training for a Motel Manager
A motel manager typically has at least an associate's degree in hotel or hospitality management and at least a few years experience in a motel or restaurant. Many managers at full-service motels and hotels have bachelor's or even graduate degrees.
Average Salary Range by Experience
According to Pay Scale the average annual salary range in 2010 for a motel manager with one to four years experience is $14,926 to $29,615, with five to nine years experience is $14,400 to $30,000, with 10 to 19 years experience is $19,200 to $32,771, and with 20 years or more of experience is $24,417 to $38,524.
Average Salary Range by State and City
Pay Scale lists the annual average salary range for a motel manager in California as $16,508 to $30,521, in Montana as $17,687 to $29,211, in New York as $18,313 to $49,132, and in Texas as $23,901 to $42,729. According to Salary Expert, the city with the lowest average annual motel manager salary in 2010 was Houston at $19,351, and the the highest was Boston at $28,758.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that growth in motel manager employment will be slower than average. Motel manager positions are only expected to increase by around five percent between 2008 and 2018.