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Associate Degrees in Hospitality Management

2,636 Yearly Graduations
$23,000 Median Salary
$16,000 Median Debt
There are 343 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer an associate degree in hospitality. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 46% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 10.0% of hospitality graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Hospitality Majors

In 2019-2020, 2,636 associate degrees were awarded to hospitality majors. This makes it the 5th most popular associate degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in hospitality at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 10,672
Associate Degree 2,636
Basic Certificate 2,520
Master’s Degree 915
Undergraduate Certificate 871
Graduate Certificate 162
Doctor’s Degree 54

Earnings of Hospitality Majors With Associate Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate degree in hospitality is $23,000. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money. A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $21,400 and the high is $27,300.


Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate degree in hospitality is $16,000. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary. The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $26,893 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $12,618.


Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $166.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate degree in hospitality. About 69.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 795
Women 1,841

The racial-ethnic distribution of hospitality associate degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 257
Black or African American 403
Hispanic or Latino 409
White 1,098
International Students 263
Other Races/Ethnicities 206

There are 343 colleges that offer an associate degree in hospitality. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

Hospitality Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Hospitality Management 1,443
Hotel/Motel Administration 456
Tourism/Travel Services Management 221
Other Hospitality Management 151
Restaurant/Food Services Management 132

Below are some popular majors that are similar to hospitality that offer associate degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 60,445
Business & Commerce 17,132
Accounting 11,615
Business Support & Assistance 3,542
Marketing 1,641


*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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