With a revenue of around $3.4 trillion annually, the hospitality industry can be a lucrative place to grow your career financially.
Let’s take a look at some of the best:
1. Head of Housekeeping – Keeping it Spic n’ Span
The median income for a Head of Housekeeping is around $83,000. The Head of Housekeeping is responsible for making sure that the venue you work at (hotel, resort, etc.) is as clean as possible. Although you will not be doing much of the cleaning, you will be overseeing the staff who does.
You also will have touch points with many different departments and vendors such as the Hotel Manager, Architects, Construction Contractors, and the Guest Relations staff.
Depending on your status, you can make quite a profitable career out of being a Sommelier. For those who may not have heard of this before, a Sommelier is a wine aficionado and expert. While the median salary is around $54,000, if you advance to the ranks of Advanced or Master, you can earn well over $100,000.
3. Regional Chefs
You like to cook, eh? Well, you could be handsomely rewarded by turning those breakfast omelets into gourmet creations. The median salary is around $122,000. So, if you have a knack for whipping up delicious gourmet meals, consider partnering with regional restaurant and hotels to bless them with your gift and make some good cash.
4. Casino Property Managers
The Alpha of Hospitality income – the median income of a Casino Property Manager is $210,000. A Casino Manager’s job is never dull. They are responsible for making sure a Casino runs as it should through staffing, talent management, operational excellence and legal adherence.
If this sounds like your cup of tea, start getting your foot in the door now and work your way up to greener pastures.
5. Hotel General Manager
With a median income of $100,000, you can make quite a healthy living. Like a Casino Manager, Hotel Manager jobs also give you great variety each day while managing anything and everything in the hotel. If it happens in your hotel, you know about it.
6. IT Manager
With the way our world is going digital, more and more hotels, resorts, managers and other hospitality venues are going digital. Although this can be lucrative, it requires some IT expertise (this is where you come in). The Median income for an IT manager is around $120,000. No joke.
7. Travel Manager
Do you have an innate sense of the best deals, have insane attention to detail and like to make a great living? Travel Managers are great for taking care of travel arrangements in a corporate or agency setting. The median salary of a Travel Manager is around $87,000.
8. Regional Restaurant Manager
Depending on the type of restaurants you manage, being a Regional Restaurant Manager can be quite lucrative. With a median salary of $88,000 and the opportunity to influence the success of several restaurant locations, this could be the dream job for you.
9. Executive Pastry Chef
Brownies, cakes, muffins…yum! And the pay is yummy too. With a median income of around $63,000, you can have your cake and eat it too!
10. Event Manager
With Corporate America depending on you to make their strategic meetings successful, they are willing to pay you well. With a median income of $76,000, you can do quite well for yourself.
11-12. Food and Beverage Director
After a long day of training new employees at the office, you go back to your hotel for a relaxing evening before leaving the following morning. You go to the local restaurant for a tasty dinner and glass of wine, and order breakfast for the following morning to be delivered the following morning before leaving.
While seemingly simple, there is a whole team working on making sure this is a seamless experience. At the head of this team is the Food and Beverage Director pulling the strings to make it happen. Oh, and don’t worry, they are nicely compensated with a median income of around $90,000.
Well, if you have any interest in hospitality careers and making money, these are great opportunities! As with any career, most these jobs start with getting your feet wet while gaining experience before stepping into these pools of cash.
* Note these salaries are based on national figures and may fluctuate depending on your specific location. These salaries were taken from Salary.com.