10 high paying hotel jobs that pay at least six figures
Climbing the career ladder takes hard work, but the payoff is that you can move up to a position with excellent compensation. Although there’s a wide range of possible salaries for most hotel roles, several jobs can pay six figures for competitive candidates. Working for a major brand and having many years of experience behind you can increase your chances of earning a salary at the higher end of the scale.
Experienced employees in the following positions can earn above $100,000.
Senior Marketing Manager
A senior marketing manager devises marketing strategy, creates marketing campaigns, and seeks new avenues to promote the hotel to guests. Senior marketing managers are expected to have a proven track record of marketing work, at least a few years’ management experience, and in some cases, a degree in marketing or hospitality. According to PayScale, a senior marketing manager’s salary can be as high as $138,481.
Vice President of Brand Management
A vice president of brand management sets goals for a hotel’s image and executes plans to build a strong reputation; this role also involves representing the hotel to the business community. A vice president of brand management needs at least five years’ management experience, possibly as a director of marketing or communications. PayScale reports that a vice president of brand management can earn up to $261,787.
Regional Operations Director
A regional operations director supervises business operations and sales at all the properties in a certain geographic area, working closely with managers at each hotel. Candidates usually need about five years’ experience as the general manager of a hotel, and a background in business or accounting is also essential. PayScale reports that a regional operations director can make as much as $144,871.
Director of Human Resources
A director of human resources sets a hotel’s recruitment strategy, oversees staff training, and ensures that the hotel complies with labor laws and standards. This role requires five to seven years in human resource management and often requires a bachelor’s degree in human resources or business. A director of human resources can earn up to $131,117, according to PayScale.
A corporate counsel helps a hotel stay abreast of laws and regulations. The corporate counsel writes contracts and legal documents and works with different departments to ensure that all areas of hotel operation comply with relevant laws. Candidates must have a law degree and must be admitted to the bar of their state; employers may prefer candidates with experience in real estate law. PayScale finds that a corporate counsel can make as much as $169,523.
Senior Software Engineer
A senior software engineer designs and writes code for the software systems used in a hotel. The senior software engineer also responds to software problems and works to protect computer systems from hacking. Becoming a senior software engineer generally requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science or mathematics and three to five years’ experience as a software engineer or developer. A senior software engineer can make as much as $146,405, PayScale finds.
Director of eCommerce
A director of ecommerce sets goals and creates strategies to market the hotel online and increase direct bookings. This director also monitors data on digital marketing campaigns and adjusts marketing content to achieve higher sales. The position requires at a minimum five years’ experience in online marketing, and a degree in marketing is often preferred. PayScale reports that a director of ecommerce can earn up to $142,570.
Internal Audit Director
An internal audit director conducts tests of a hotel’s finances to identify financial risks and accounting irregularities. This director also develops plans to address financial shortcomings. The position requires a degree in accounting or finance and several years’ experience as an accounting manager. According to PayScale, the salary for an internal audit director can be as high as $164,504.
Content Marketing Director
A content marketing director creates action plans for developing content that reflects a hotel’s brand goals. This director supervises the creation of website content, print content, and social media posts. The position requires several years’ experience as a marketing manager, and a bachelor’s degree is marketing or communications is a plus. A content marketing director can earn up to $133,868, according to PayScale.
Senior Portfolio Manager
The senior portfolio manager works to assess the financial value and risks of a hotel’s current properties or of properties that it might acquire. This position requires at least seven years’ experience in portfolio management or underwriting and a bachelor’s degree in finance or accounting; an M.B.A. or master’s in finance is helpful. PayScale finds that a senior portfolio manager can make as much as $183,007.