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Survey Finds Hospitality Industry Salary Increases for Women Outpace Men for Third Year Running

Gecko Hospitality, North America’s premiere recruiting firm that connects top talent and companies within the hospitality and restaurant industries, released its fourth annual Hospitality Management Salary Survey Report.

“Every year, we uncover trends that surprise us,” said Robert Krzak, President, Gecko Hospitality. “This is the most comprehensive salary survey report in the industry and contains a wealth of information to help any hiring manager plan for future growth.”

In total, more than 1800 restaurant and hospitality management professionals throughout the United States and Canada participated in the survey between January 2018 and December 2018. Participants span the hospitality segment: quick service, fast casual, and family and upscale dining.

Survey results include key industry insights on gender, geographic location, turnover, and salary increases.

Key findings include:

  • Thirty-two percent of women received a salary increase compared to twenty-seven percent of men. However, starting salaries for women in executive chef, general manager and assistant manager roles are below that of men in the same role.
  • For Director of Sales positions, hands-on industry experience is more important to hiring managers than a college degree.
  • No room for growth, not money, was the number one reason hospitality managers left their employer. Finding a better opportunity was also cited as a key driver for leaving.
  • Participants, both women and men, average two jobs in the past 5 years.

To download a free copy of the survey, visit: https://www.geckohospitality.com/hospitality-resources/salary-trends-report/

About Gecko Hospitality

Gecko Hospitality’s national network of recruiters and franchise partners connects top-tier talent to companies within the hospitality and restaurant industries. Their rigorous seven-step interview and placement process ensures only the best candidates who fit the requirements and the culture are presented to clients, leading to extraordinary results. Gecko Hospitality: Connecting people and changing lives, one career at a time.® Visit geckohospitality.com to see how Gecko does recruiting like you’ve never experienced before.


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