The term "hospitality management" refers to a range of occupations and professional practices associated with the administration of hotels, resorts and other lodging.
Types of Jobs
Jobs titles commonly associated with hospitality management include: front desk managers, executive chefs, event managers, revenue managers, catering managers, rooms director and other titles.
The responsibilities of hotel management depend on the hotel and type of job. However, the general objective of hospitality management jobs is to administer the day-to-day financial, personnel and customer service operations of a hotel, resort, spa, lodge, inn or other accommodation.
The requirements for jobs in hospitality management depend on the type and rank of job and type of company. Many hotel general managers have college degrees in hospitality management, business or a related field. Revenue managers often have college degrees in finance. Experience in the field may replace formal education.
Employment of lodging managers is expected to grow 5 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is slower than the national average for all jobs.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual average salary for all lodging managers in 2008 was $45,800.
2016 Salary Information for Lodging Managers
Lodging managers earned a median annual salary of $51,840 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, lodging managers earned a 25th percentile salary of $37,520, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $70,540, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 47,800 people were employed in the U.S. as lodging managers.