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General Hospitality Management

7,233 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
594 Master's Degrees Annually
#11 in Popularity
$58,960 Median Salary

Types of Degrees General Hospitality Management Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many general hospitality administration/management graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 6,812
Associate Degree 1,443
Basic Certificate 1,023
Master’s Degree 674
Undergraduate Certificate 324
Graduate Certificate 53
Doctor’s Degree 34

What General Hospitality Management Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, hotel and restaurant management majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Hotel & Restaurant Management Majors

Hotel and Restaurant Management majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Hotel & Restaurant Management Majors

hotel and restaurant management majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities for Hotel & Restaurant Management Majors

As you progress with your hotel and restaurant management degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a General Hospitality Management Major?

People with a hotel and restaurant management degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Food Service Managers 9.0% $54,240
Lodging Managers 4.0% $53,390

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in General Hospitality Management?

6,812 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
70% Percent Women
34% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 70% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of hotel and restaurant management majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 556
Black or African American 498
Hispanic or Latino 1,019
White 3,351
International Students 1,034
Other Races/Ethnicities 354

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Hotel & Restaurant Management. About 15.2% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do General Hospitality Management Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $58,960 to $62,270 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to hotel and restaurant management. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a General Hospitality Management Major  ( 58960 to 62270 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some degrees associated with hotel and restaurant management may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for hotel and restaurant management careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 16.5%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 37.0%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 3.2%
Some College Courses 14.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 25.8%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 2.4%

Online General Hospitality Management Programs

In 2019-2020, 450 schools offered a hotel and restaurant management program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 99 7
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 221 20
Bachelor’s Degree 10 3
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 45 10
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 8 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in General Hospitality Management Worth It?

The median salary for a hotel and restaurant management grad is $58,960 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 48% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $381,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to hotel and restaurant management.

Major Number of Grads
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 2,657
Tourism and Travel Services Management 1,311
Restaurant/Food Services Management 1,031
Meeting and Event Planning 977
Other Hospitality Administration/Management 779
Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management 391
Resort Management 298
Casino Management 18
Brewery/Brewpub Operations/Management 5

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities 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 racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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