Hotel managers oversee all aspects of operating hotels, including ensuring guests are comfortable and keeping their hotels profitable. Because hotels are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, hotel managers may often work irregular hours, nights and/or weekends. The annual salary of a hotel manager will depend on factors such as the industry that employs him and the location of his hotel.
Hotel managers earn an annual average salary of $53,500 in the United States as of May 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Managers in the bottom 10 percent earn an income of $28,450, those in the top 10 percent earn $85,600 and the median salary is $46,300.
The majority of hotel managers work in the industry of traveler accommodation, which offers an annual average salary of $52,830, according to the BLS. Those running hotels on the campuses of colleges, universities and professional schools earn an average income of $62,170, and those employed by the local government earn $59,340. In other amusement and recreation industries, the average salary for a hotel manager is $61,500, and those employed by general medical and surgical hospitals earn an average of $72,260. The management of companies and enterprises is the top-paying industry for hotel managers with an average annual salary of $79,740.
Just as hotel accommodation prices fluctuate based on location, so does the salary of a hotel manager. The BLS names Nevada as the nation's highest-paying state for hotel managers with an average annual salary of $74,180, followed by New York at $72,730. The metropolitan area of Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, Maryland, is the top-paying area in the country, offering hotel managers an average salary of $98,700 a year.
Advancement and Outlook
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that relocation is often necessary for hotel managers to advance, as larger hotel chains usually have a more extensive career manager. The BLS predicts employment of hotel managers to grow 5 percent between 2008 and 2018, slower than the average growth rate for all occupations.
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