Every day, America’s hotels make dreams come true—not just for our guests, but also for the 8.3 million people whose jobs we support. That’s more than one in every 25 American jobs. Hotels contribute nearly $660 billion to the U.S. GDP. And with lifelong careers and upward mobility, we have the unique ability to provide our employees the chance to achieve the American Dream.

The hotel industry is growing at a significant pace, adding 160,000 new jobs since 2015. People are at the core of our industry, which is why we are an above-minimum wage employer. Our industry supports competitive wages with good benefits for our employees. Indeed, hotel industry compensation increased to $97.2 billion in 2018, a 16 percent increase since 2015. 

Unfortunately, in some markets local and state governments have proposed wage increases that target only the hotel industry. In some cases, local wage ordinances have even included opt-out provisions for unionized workplaces, giving labor an unfair advantage. These provisions are discriminatory and disrupt the well-established balance between management and labor laid out by federal labor law. Our industry will continue to fight for a fair and equitable working environment for both employees and employers.


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AHLA Position

AHLA views local wage initiatives that target only hotels as a direct attack on the hotel industry and will continue to oppose theses efforts. We support policies that treat all workers and businesses equally and fairly. The hotel industry is an advocate for its employees and providing them a career path towards upward mobility and opportunity

Key Stats

  • The majority of hotels pay a starting rate above the minimum wage for at least 90 percent of their entry-level employees.
  • More than half of department managers in hotels and many general managers started their hotel careers in hourly, entry-level positions and move their way up the ranks.
  • The hotel and lodging industry supports 1 in 25 American jobs--more than 8.3 million in total.
  • Total jobs supported by the hotel industry has increased 15% since 2015.
  • Hotel industry employment increased to 2.3 million jobs in 2018 - a gain of more than 160,000 hotel jobs since 2015.
  • Hotel industry compensation increased to $97.2 billion in 2018, a 16% increase since 2015.
  • A typical hotel with 100 occupied rooms per night supports nearly 250 jobs.
  • Nearly all hotels (98%) offer benefits to full-time employees, including medical, dental and vision insurance, as well as 70 percent of hotels offer tuition reimbursements in addition to other insurance and human resource options.
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We support policies that treat all workers and businesses fairly. The hotel industry is an advocate for its employees and provides them opportunities for advancement and upward mobility

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