Nearly 4 million people who work in the US hotel industry could lose their jobs due to the coronavirus. Here's how much everyone who works at an American hotel makes.

Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesA hotel housekeeper makes a bed.
  • Four million US hotel industry jobs could be eliminated in the coming weeks as hotels experience unprecedented booking cancellations due to the coronavirus, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
  • Hotels employ a variety of workers, such as concierges, housekeepers, accountants, and event planners.
  • The Bureau of Labour Statistics provides data on wages and employment in the hotel industry.
  • Servers earn a median of $US23,100 a year, while housekeeping cleaners earn a median of $US23,310 a year.
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Nearly four million US hotel industry jobs could be eliminated in the coming weeks, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association. It comes as hotels across the country experience unprecedented booking cancellations due to the coronavirus.

Marriott, the largest hotel company in the world, has already begun furloughing tens of thousands of employees amid global hotel closings, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Hotels employ a wide variety of workers, and salaries range from well below the median wage to very high paying, so some workers will be better poised than others to handle layoffs.

The Bureau of Labour Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics program offers data on employment and wages across different occupations and industries, including the traveller accommodation industry.

Hotel jobs tend to be lower paying than average. The median annual wage for an employee in the traveller accommodation industry was just $US32,420, below the overall median wage of $US38,640, in 2018 (the most recent data). Housekeepers, for example, earned just $US23,310 per year in 2018.

Here are all the occupations for which at least 4% of hotel-industry establishments reported having employees, ranked from lowest to highest wage, along with their median annual pay and the number of people in that job:


37. Non-restaurant food servers earn a median of $US22,460 a year, and there are 28,560 employed in the hotel industry.

Robert Pratta/ReutersFood servers.

36. Servers earn a median of $US23,100 a year, and 156,740 are employed in the hotel industry.

Patrick T. Fallon/ReutersServers.

35. Maids and housekeeping cleaners earn a median of $US23,310 a year, and there are 466,660 employed in the hotel industry.

Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesHousekeeper.

34. Combined food preparation and serving workers earn a median of $US23,330, and there are 14,080 employed in the hotel industry.

Rachel Askinasi/Business InsiderRestaurant.

33. Dining room and cafeteria attendants, as well as bartender helpers, earn a median of $US23,390, and 57,510 are employed in the hotel industry.

Foursquare/Chris ‘Spike’Dining room workers.

32. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers earn a median of $US23,400 a year, and 36,200 are employed in the hotel industry.

Tim Boyle/Getty ImagesDry cleaning.

31. Desk clerks earn a median of $US23,640 a year, and 242,660 are employed in the hotel industry.

Ben Curtis/APDesk clerk.

30. Taxi drivers and chauffeurs earn a median of $US23,730 a year and 8,700 are employed in the hotel industry.

Carlo Allegri/Getty ImagesChauffeur.

29. Bartenders earn a median of $US23,770 a year, and 42,700 are employed in the hotel industry.

Mama ShelterBartender.

28. Restaurant hosts and hostesses earn a median of $US24,150 a year, and 18,710 are employed in the hotel industry.

Ross D. Franklin/APHostess.

27. Baggage porters and bellhops earn a median of $US24,390 a year, and 23,440 are employed in the hotel industry.

Paula Bronstein/Getty ImagesBellhop.

26. Dishwashers earn a median of $US24,410 a year, and 30,340 are employed in the hotel industry.

Julie Zeveloff/Business InsiderDishwasher.

25. Food preparation workers earn a median of $US26,760 a year, and 13,880 are employed in the hotel industry.

Dan Kosmayer/ShutterstockFood prep.

24. Landscaping and groundskeeping workers earn a median of $US27,870 a year, and 11,500 are employed in the hotel industry.


23. Janitors and cleaners (except maids) earn a median of $US28,520 a year, and 44,660 are employed in the hotel industry.

Matilde Campodonico/Getty ImagesCleaner.

22. Office clerks earn a median of $US28,780 a year, and 9,110 are employed in the hotel industry.

Getty ImagesOffice worker.

21. Restaurant cooks earn a median of $US29,780 a year, and 80,440 are employed in the hotel industry.

Larry French / Stringer / Getty ImagesChef.

20. Security guards earn a median of $US29,890 a year, and 29,930 are employed in the hotel industry.

Scott Barbour / Stringer / Getty ImagesSecurity.

19. Concierges earn a median of $US31,240 a year, and 13,420 are employed in the hotel industry.

AFP/Stringer/Getty ImagesConcierge.

18. Maintenance and repair workers earn a median of $US31,690 a year, and 88,550 are employed in the hotel industry.

Tony Alter/FlickrDoing maintenance.

17. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks earn a median of $US33,090 a year, and 21,040 are employed in the hotel industry.

Flickr / AlexAccounting.

16. First-line supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workers earn a median of $US35,730 a year, and 34,440 are employed in the hotel industry.

ShutterstockHousekeeping.

15. Secretaries and administrative assistants earn a median salary of $US37,190, and 8,740 are employed in the hotel industry.

John Jacobi/flickrAdministrative assistant.

14. First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers earn a median of $US38,860 a year, and 28,900 are employed in the hotel industry.


13. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers earn a median of $US42,270 a year, and 33,210 are employed in the hotel industry.

Bold Content/flickrOffice supervisors.

12. Meeting, convention, and event planners earn a median of $US47,230 a year, and 8,830 are employed in the hotel industry.

David Becker/Getty ImagesA convention.

11. Sales representatives earn a median of $US50,100, and 23,570 are employed in the hotel industry.

ShutterstockMeeting.

10. Lodging managers earn a median of $US52,850 a year, and 32,650 are employed in the hotel industry.

Brent Lewis/Getty ImagesHotel worker.

9. Human resources specialists earn a median of $US54,480 a year, and 4,300 are employed in the hotel industry.

Carlos Osorio/APHR specialist.

8. Chefs and head cooks earn a median of $US56,690 a year, and 13,730 are employed in the hotel industry.

Lucianna Faraone Coccia / Stringer / Getty ImagesChefs.

7. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers earn a median of $US56,840 a year, and 7,870 are employed in the hotel industry.


6. Accountants and auditors earn a median of $US56,980 a year, and 8,300 are employed in the hotel industry

filadendron/Getty ImagesOffice meeting.

5. Food service managers earn a median of $US63,950 a year, and 8,240 are employed in the hotel industry.

Gary Friedman / Contributor/Getty ImagesFood service manager.

4. General and operations managers earn a median of $US77,260 a year, and 15,780 are employed in the hotel industry.

ReutersManager.

3. Administrative services managers earn a median of $US82,210 a year, and 3,480 are employed in the hotel industry.

filadendron/Getty ImagesPresentation.

2. Sales managers earn a median of $US90,820 a year, and 5,730 are employed in the hotel industry.

PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou/Getty ImagesSales.

1. Financial managers earn a median of $US103,170 a year, and 3,820 are employed in the hotel industry.

University of Exeter/FlickrFinancial meeting.

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