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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Salaries in United States 2020

How much money does a person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering make in United States?

Average Yearly Salary
64,100 USD
( 5,340 USD monthly)


A person working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering in United States typically earns around 64,100 USD per year. Salaries range from 24,000 USD (lowest average) to 176,000 USD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
All Rounder38,600 USD
Assistant Executive Housekeeper28,500 USD
Assistant Food and Beverage Director119,000 USD
Assistant Hospitality Manager132,000 USD
Assistant Storekeeper25,200 USD
Assistant Tour Manager62,700 USD
Baker and Pastrycook34,500 USD
Bakery Manager71,500 USD
Bakery Superintendent46,100 USD
Banquet Manager50,300 USD
Banquet Server32,100 USD
Bar Attendant32,600 USD
Bar Manager67,300 USD
Bar Supervisor43,200 USD
Barista38,000 USD
Bartender35,800 USD
Bellman31,000 USD
Beverage Manager75,300 USD
Bistro Attendant31,400 USD
Buffet Chef57,000 USD
Buffet Host31,400 USD
Buffet Manager72,200 USD
Butcher and Slaughterer25,200 USD
Cafeteria Manager59,200 USD
Cake Decorator37,500 USD
Casino Shift Manager111,000 USD
Chain Store Customer Support48,300 USD
Chef57,400 USD
Club Manager111,000 USD
Cluster Director148,000 USD
Cluster Revenue Manager108,000 USD
Cocktail Server30,500 USD
Coffee Shop Manager107,000 USD
Concierge28,700 USD
Confectionery Baker36,800 USD
Conference Services Manager70,100 USD
Cook52,100 USD
Corporate Sous Chef88,600 USD
Corporate Travel Consultant88,900 USD
Croupier41,500 USD
Culinary Assistant28,200 USD
Culinary Associate26,300 USD
Dietary Aide58,700 USD
Dining Room Supervisor54,300 USD
Dishwasher25,000 USD
Duty Manager75,000 USD
Events Coordinator46,100 USD
Executive Chef70,400 USD
Executive Pastry Chef54,700 USD
Fast Food Cook50,600 USD
Fast Food Shift Supervisor54,000 USD
Fine Dining Cook83,200 USD
Fine Dining Restaurant Chef90,500 USD
Fleet Manager150,000 USD
Food and Beverage Manager112,000 USD
Food Consultant94,700 USD
Food Safety Coordinator72,000 USD
Food Server29,600 USD
Food Service Director115,000 USD
Food Service Manager119,000 USD
Food Service Sales76,200 USD
Food Service Worker30,000 USD
Front Desk Agent34,800 USD
Front Office Manager65,800 USD
Guest Service Executive100,000 USD
Guest Service Representative38,900 USD
Head Concierge48,100 USD
Hospitality Director176,000 USD
Hostess / Host34,100 USD
Hotel Desk Clerk33,800 USD
Hotel Maid26,600 USD
Hotel Manager172,000 USD
Hotel Sales Manager135,000 USD
Hotel Service Supervisor99,500 USD
Hotel Staff32,300 USD
Inventory Coordinator37,100 USD
Kitchen Manager56,300 USD
Kitchen Staff31,800 USD
Kitchen Supervisor51,000 USD
Line Cook56,400 USD
Luggage Porter25,800 USD
Motel Manager98,300 USD
Pastrycooking and Baking Assistant34,400 USD
Production Operator48,900 USD
Quality, Health and Safety Coordinator56,500 USD
Receptionist34,800 USD
Regional Restaurant Manager133,000 USD
Restaurant Manager116,000 USD
Room Reservations Manager118,000 USD
Room Service Manager105,000 USD
Sous Chef69,400 USD
Supervisor of Food Services79,400 USD
Tour Consultant86,300 USD
Travel Agent61,300 USD
Travel Consultant88,200 USD
Waiter / Waitress31,500 USD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Jobs Salary Distribution in United States

Median and salary distribution yearly United States Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering salaries in United States range from 24,000 USD per year (minimum average salary) to 176,000 USD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 62,800 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 62,800 USD while the other half are earning more than 62,800 USD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 39,000 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 39,000 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering are earning less than 117,000 USD while 25% are earning more than 117,000 USD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in United States costs anywhere from 39,500 US Dollar(s) to 118,000 US Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United States Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in United States who work in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

61,900 USD
66,300 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United States for all Careers

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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United States

How much are annual salary increments in United States for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering professionals in United States are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United States Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

United States / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United States is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United States for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Bonus and Incentive Rates in United States

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United States Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
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Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is considered to be a low bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

72% of surveyed staff in Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 28% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries yearly United States
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United States earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
92,500 USD
Public Sector+5%
97,200 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering Hourly Average Wage in United States

31 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States is 31 USD. This means that the average person in United States earns approximately 31 USD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering and Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering yearly United States
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The average salary for Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering is 32% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta64,700 USD
Austin75,100 USD
Baltimore65,700 USD
Boston69,900 USD
Bristol54,300 USD
Chicago74,100 USD
Cincinnati54,800 USD
Cleveland56,700 USD
Dallas76,400 USD
Denver69,200 USD
Detroit69,900 USD
Honolulu54,100 USD
Houston79,600 USD
Indianapolis67,900 USD
Iowa City52,900 USD
Jacksonville73,500 USD
Kansas City62,400 USD
Kent53,500 USD
Las Vegas65,300 USD
Long Beach61,600 USD
Los Angeles77,600 USD
Memphis68,100 USD
Miami62,700 USD
Minneapolis57,000 USD
New Orleans59,600 USD
New York82,100 USD
Oakland60,400 USD
Oklahoma City64,300 USD
Orlando57,500 USD
Philadelphia75,400 USD
Phoenix74,200 USD
Sacramento63,500 USD
San Antonio77,700 USD
San Diego73,700 USD
San Francisco70,600 USD
San Jose72,500 USD
Seattle67,700 USD
Tampa59,400 USD
Vancouver53,800 USD
Washington D.C.70,000 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama68,500 USD
Alaska60,000 USD
Arizona71,300 USD
Arkansas66,100 USD
California75,500 USD
Colorado68,200 USD
Connecticut66,300 USD
Delaware61,600 USD
District of Columbia60,400 USD
Florida75,200 USD
Georgia73,900 USD
Hawaii63,200 USD
Idaho63,300 USD
Illinois74,800 USD
Indiana71,500 USD
Iowa66,200 USD
Kansas66,200 USD
Kentucky68,300 USD
Louisiana68,400 USD
Maine63,000 USD
Maryland71,200 USD
Massachusetts71,300 USD
Michigan74,100 USD
Minnesota70,100 USD
Mississippi66,100 USD
Missouri70,900 USD
Montana62,800 USD
Nebraska64,900 USD
Nevada66,300 USD
New Hampshire63,700 USD
New Jersey74,000 USD
New Mexico65,800 USD
New York76,900 USD
North Carolina67,800 USD
North Dakota55,400 USD
Ohio68,500 USD
Oklahoma62,400 USD
Oregon62,400 USD
Pennsylvania69,400 USD
Rhode Island56,900 USD
South Carolina63,900 USD
South Dakota57,000 USD
Tennessee66,500 USD
Texas71,000 USD
Utah60,400 USD
Vermont56,000 USD
Virginia68,100 USD
Washington67,500 USD
West Virginia60,000 USD
Wisconsin65,700 USD
Wyoming55,700 USD
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