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Survey: Men make more than women in hospitality management

Salary survey reveals what’s not much of a secret in men vs. women salaries.

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  • | 4:58 p.m. April 17, 2022
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From fast food and senior living foodservice managers to upscale dining and grocery stores, men, a new survey shows, make more money, on average, than women in the Southeast, including Florida. The gap, while wide in some positions, is shrinking some of late, as women, when they received a raise last year, got a bump, on average, 35% higher than men.

The survey is from Fort Myers-based nationwide hospitality recruitment company Gecko Hospitality. Its sixth annual Hospitality Management Salary Survey Report is based on information Gecko Hospitality obtained directly from hospitality management professionals last year. The survey reveals information from more than 1,800 restaurant and hospitality management professionals throughout the United States and Canada, according to a statement.

Overall, the most glaring takeaway from the survey is men out-earned women in all nine management designations the study analyzed in the Southeast. In three of those categories — family, casual and upscale dining — there weren’t enough women managers to score.

The smallest gap in annual average salary, $50,762 for men, $48,869 for women, is in quick service, the report found. The largest gap, more than $12,000 in salary, is in health care/senior living foodservice.

On raises in the Southeast — which encompasses 10 states in the survey, from Alabama to West Virginia — women, on average, picked up an annual raise of $11,407. The average raise for men in 2021 was $8,416.

The men-women pay disparity is something of an aberration in comparison to other geographic regions, the survey shows. The Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Midwest, Pacific Northwest and Southwest all posted management categories where women earned more than men. In the Pacific Northwest, for example, women were paid more than men in four of five ranked categories.




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