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The hospitality industry sometimes gets a bad rap for its difficult jobs with limited pay. But many people thrive in these highly social jobs, and the paychecks aren't always low. That's especially true in major cities with a critical mass of swanky hotels and restaurants -- places where hospitality work is plentiful and comparatively high-paying.

Every aspiring actor knows that New York and Los Angeles have plenty of waitstaff jobs, and it's common knowledge that big tourist destinations tend to have clusters of hotels. To provide a more thorough look at hospitality markets across the country, CareerBuilder examined data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on several occupations in the hospitality industry.

For each occupation, we listed the five cities with the greatest number of jobs, and also included hourly wage information. Bear in mind that waiters and bartenders who make most of their money in cash tips might not always report all of their income, so their pay may appear artificially low here.

Not surprisingly, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago were hotspots for jobs and pay, but other cities such as Minneapolis, Atlanta and Houston ranked highly too. Jobs in these places can be harder to get (one Los Angeles denizen we know reported that her waitress job search involved sending out professional photos and resumes complete with fine-dining restaurant experience). Knowing a bit about the lay of the land, as far as employment goes, may prove helpful as you embark on your hospitality job search.


 

1. LODGING MANAGERS


 

New York metropolitan area

Number employed: 720

Average hourly wage: $37.95


 

Los Angeles metropolitan area

Number employed: 620

Average hourly wage: $28.80


 

Chicago metropolitan area

Number employed: 570

Average hourly wage: $27.84


 

Atlanta metropolitan area

Number employed: 550

Average hourly wage: $27.96
 

Washington, D.C., metropolitan area

Number employed: 520

Average hourly wage: $32.21


 

2. FOOD SERVICE MANAGERS


Los Angeles metropolitan area

Number employed: 7,420

Average hourly wage: $25.21


 

New York metropolitan area

Number employed: 5,950

Average hourly wage: $31.94


 

Chicago metropolitan area

Number employed: 4,580

Average hourly wage: $25.43


 

Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area

Number employed: 4,180

Average hourly wage: $24.52


 

Houston metropolitan area

Number employed: 4,010

Average hourly wage: $28.14


 

3. WAITERS AND WAITRESSES


 

New York metropolitan area

Number employed: 68,890

Average hourly wage: $13.25
 

Los Angeles metropolitan area

Number employed: 60,510

Average hourly wage: $9.68
 

Houston metropolitan area

Number employed: 44,730

Average hourly wage: $9.13


 

Chicago metropolitan area

Number employed: 43,270

Average hourly wage: $10.89
 

Atlanta metropolitan area

Number employed: 39,640

Average hourly wage: $9.53
 

4. BARTENDERS
 

New York metropolitan area

Number employed: 16,090

Average hourly wage: $12.33


 

Chicago metropolitan area

Number employed: 12,780

Average hourly wage: $10.91


 

Los Angeles metropolitan area

Number employed: 10,490

Average hourly wage: $10.02


 

Las Vegas metropolitan area

Number employed: 10,140

Average hourly wage: $13.05


 

Philadelphia metropolitan area

Number employed: 8,570

Average hourly wage: $11.01

           

5. CHEFS AND HEAD COOKS

Chicago metropolitan area

Number employed: 3,670

Average hourly wage: $17.95


 

Washington, D.C. metropolitan area

Number employed: 3,340

Average hourly wage: $21.07


 

New York metropolitan area

Number employed: 3,120

Average hourly wage: $38.3
 

Los Angeles metropolitan area

Number employed: 3,050

Average hourly wage: $22.78


 

Las Vegas metropolitan area

Number employed: 2,370

Average hourly wage: $23.57


 



Last Updated: 04/04/2012 - 6:01 PM


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