Hotel Manager

Quick Facts: Lodging Managers
2012 Median Pay $46,810 per year
$22.50 per hour
Entry-Level Education High school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in a Related Occupation Less than 5 years
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 50,400
Job Outlook, 2012-22 1% (Little or no change)
Employment Change, 2012-22 700

What Lodging Managers Do

Lodging managers ensure that guests on vacation or business travel have a pleasant experience at a hotel, motel, or other types of establishment with accommodations. They also ensure that the establishment is run efficiently and profitably.

Work Environment

Because hotels are open around the clock, evening and weekend work is common. Most lodging managers work full time and are often on call. The work can be pressure filled and stressful.

How to Become a Lodging Manager

Many applicants can qualify as a lodging manager by having a high school diploma and several years of experience working in a hotel. However, most large, full-service hotels require applicants to have a bachelor’s degree. Hotels that provide fewer services generally accept applicants who have an associate’s degree or a certificate in hotel management or operations.


The median annual wage for lodging managers was $46,810 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of lodging managers is projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in hotel or hospitality management are expected to have the best job opportunities. Applicants can expect strong competition for most jobs.

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