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How much money do hotel staff members make? Jobs, responsibilities and wages

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In January, there were 1.38 million jobs available in the accommodation and food service industry. Throughout 2022 this figure has come down from the 1.54 million openings recorded in April 2022.

There are currently 1.86 million employees working in hotels and other types of lodging in the United States; down from 2.11 million in early 2020. In part, this gap relates to the unwillingness of major corporations to pay the wages and salaries necessary to attract and retain workers.

How much does hotel staff make in the United States?

This is a challenging question to answer because there are many types of workers who are employed in the hospitality industry: janitors and maids, chefs, managers, receptionists, and many others.

The BLS provides high-level data that shows that in December 2022, workers in the accommodation industry made, on average $22.85/hour. Working full-time would bring a worker’s pre-tax income to $47,528 a year. Compared to early 2022, the average worker is making around twenty-four percent more today.

How much are housekeeps paid in the US?

Some employees, however, earn far less than these averages.

According to Glassdoor, maids are paid $13/hour by major companies in the industry including the Best Western and Holiday Inn. Higher-end hotels offer slightly higher salaries; both Hilton and Marriott International pay an average of $16/hour. Some of the responsibilities for those who form part of housekeeping teams may include cleaning rooms and suites by making beds, cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming, and replenishing bed linens and towels.

How much do hotel managers make?

Hotel managers, on the other hand, make well above the average salary for workers in the sector. Glassdoor places the average salary for a person with no managing experience at $57,573/year. Some responsibilities may include providing feedback to various hotel teams to ensure guests have a good experience, ensure operations are run on a balanced budget and work to create a healthy and productive work environment.


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