Hotel management includes not just the individuals in charge of a hotel or motel, but the other managers who handle specific elements of running the business. This could include anyone from major officials with a national chain to assistant managers who are not even the No. 1 person at a particular site. A hotel manager's salary varies depending upon his particular role.
When people think of hotel managers, they normally think of the people tasked with running a particular establishment, whether one hotel in a chain or an independent motel. The Bureau of Labor Statistics usually classifies the individual in charge as a general manager. In the lodging industry, there were 13,220 of these general or operational managers working nationwide as of May 2011. They earned an average annual salary of $86,160. Managers of small hotels and assistant managers of larger ones were classified by the bureau as lodging managers. The 26,750 managers in the BLS survey made up the largest individual management group, and earned an average of $54,310 a year. A third type of manager commonly found in an individual establishment is the food services manager, in charge of the hotel restaurant. The 8,330 such managers in the survey averaged $59,680.
Many hotels are part of a chain, and thus some managers actually work at corporate headquarters rather than one particular site. These include the chief executive officer, with the BLS reporting 1,130 hotel industry CEOs averaged $154,900 in salary. Among other common corporate management jobs, 3,320 financial executives averaged $97,210, while 1,150 human resources managers averaged $91,590.
Sales and Marketing:
One of the most important jobs in hotel management is sales -- that is, the ability to attract guests who pay to stay. The BLS reported 990 marketing managers averaged $114,620, the third-largest management salary in the hotel industry. Meanwhile, 720 advertising and promotions managers averaged $77,770, while 6,840 sales managers averaged $76,060.
The BLS reported two other types of managers with employment of more than 1,000 people nationwide. The 2,430 administrative services managers, tasked with overseeing clerical and support workers, averaged $72,690, while the 1,130 gaming managers -- working for casino hotels -- averaged $81,860. Two other types of managers cracked six figures in salary, both in the building element of hotels. Construction managers averaged $130,510 -- the second-highest management salary in the industry -- while architecture and engineering managers averaged $112,340.