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Quick Facts: Lodging Managers
2020 Median Pay$56,670 per year
$27.25 per hour
Typical Entry-Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in a Related OccupationLess than 5 years
On-the-job TrainingNone
Number of Jobs, 202048,100
Job Outlook, 2020-309% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2020-304,200

What Lodging Managers Do

Lodging managers ensure that traveling guests have a pleasant experience at their establishment with accommodations. They also ensure that the business is run efficiently and profitably.

Work Environment

Because hotels are open 24 hours a day, 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

Lodging managers usually take one of three education paths: a bachelor’s degree in hospitality or hotel management, an associate’s degree or a certificate in hotel management, or a high school diploma combined with several years of experience working in a hotel.


The median annual wage for lodging managers was $56,670 in May 2020.

Job Outlook

Employment of lodging managers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

About 5,800 openings for lodging managers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Similar Occupations

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More Information, Including Links to O*NET

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Lodging Managers : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov)

Similar OccupationsAbout this section

This table shows a list of occupations with job duties that are similar to those of lodging managers.

Food Service ManagersFood service managers are responsible for the daily operation of restaurants or other establishments that prepare and serve food and beverages.High school diploma or equivalent$56,590
Gambling Services WorkersGambling services workers serve customers in gambling establishments, such as casinos or racetracks.High school diploma or equivalent$27,050
Human Resources ManagersHuman resources managers plan, coordinate, and direct the administrative functions of an organization.Bachelor’s degree$121,220
Property, Real Estate, and Community Association ManagersProperty, real estate, and community association managers take care of the many aspects of residential, commercial, or industrial properties.High school diploma or equivalent$59,660
Sales ManagersSales managers direct organizations’ sales teams.Bachelor’s degree$132,290
Categories: BLS-Bureau of Labor Statistics, Leisure and Hospitality

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