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Hotel/Motel Administration

1,577 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
117 Master's Degrees Annually
#32 in Popularity
$58,960 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Hotel/Motel Administration Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many hotel/motel administration/management graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,577
Basic Certificate 541
Associate’s Degree 521
Undergraduate Certificate 181
Master’s Degree 117
Doctor’s Degree 11

What Hotel/Motel Administration Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to hotel/motel administration/management were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these 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/Motel Administration/Management Majors

A major in hotel/motel administration/management prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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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/Motel Administration/Management Majors

A major in hotel/motel administration/management will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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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 Hotel/Motel Administration Major?

People with a hotel/motel administration/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 Hotel/Motel Administration?

1,577 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
66% Percent Women
36% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 66% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of hotel/motel administration/management majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 132
Black or African American 107
Hispanic or Latino 277
White 768
International Students 208
Other Races/Ethnicities 85

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Hotel/Motel Administration/Management, too. About 13.2% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Hotel/Motel Administration Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $58,960 to $62,270 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to hotel/motel administration/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 Hotel/Motel Administration 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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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with hotel/motel administration/management require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to hotel/motel administration/management have obtained the following education levels.

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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 Hotel/Motel Administration Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 165 schools offered some type of hotel/motel administration/management program. 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) 61 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 51 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 83 2
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 61 2
Master’s Degree 7 2
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 4 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Hotel/Motel Administration Worth It?

The median salary for a hotel/motel administration/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/motel administration/management.

Major Number of Grads
General Hospitality Administration/Management 10,831
Tourism and Travel Services Management 1,473
Restaurant/Food Services Management 1,260
Meeting and Event Planning 1,036
Other Hospitality Administration/Management 787
Resort Management 355
Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management 339
Casino Management 13

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.

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