Hotelie Class of 2020 Full-Time Job Offers and Acceptance

197 graduates sought full-time employment
93% of job seekers receiving offers within four months of graduating
 87% of job seekers accepting offers four months after graduating

Each year, we survey our newest graduates and report on their career outcomes and other SHA employment and job placement statistics. Of the 239 graduates of SHA undergraduate class of 2020, 197 sought full-time employment. Ninety-three percent received employment offers and 87% had accepted job offers by September 30, 2020.

Our Hotelie Graduates’ Hospitality Salary Numbers

SHA class of 2020 Bachelor of Science graduates received an average hospitality management salary of $69,394 (base salary) plus a $14,958 average combined bonus. US-work-authorized graduates received a slightly higher average salary of $69,605 compared to those without US work authorization, at $67,857.


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 "Attending SHA expanded my purview, jump-started my career, and established my skill sets of communication, problem-solving, and people management that I’ve used throughout life since." - Christina Heggie ’10, Global Partnerships Lead, Travel, Google

Stat 1: $14,958 average combined bonus Stat 2: 103% bonus increase over class of 2019; includes relocation compensation

 Average Salary Bonus: More than Double the Previous Year’s

The survey data on salary bonuses received by our class of 2020 graduates combine signing and relocation bonuses. For those graduates who accepted full-time job offers, the average combined bonus was $14,958. That represented a 103% increase over the average bonus for the class of 2019 and included bonus and relocation compensation.

What Is a Typical Hospitality Major Salary?

When you earn a hospitality degree from SHA, you’ve got bright career prospects: Your Hotelie bachelor’s degree plus the Cornell pedigree make you a premium candidate for some of the most exciting and successful organizations in the world. Compare recent Hotelie graduates’ salary earning power versus the national averages:

Stat 1: $50,000 average base salary (National Association of Colleges and Employers; NACE) for all US 2020 undergraduates   Stat 2: $69,394 average base salary ($84,352, average base salary + average bonus) for 2020 SHA undergraduates

Other Typical Starting Salaries for Top-Earning Undergraduates

Some typical starting salaries (2020 starting salaries) for top-earning undergraduates in various industries:

Undergraduates in Other Industries Average Base Salary
Engineering $69,188
Computer Science $62,539
Math and Sciences $62,177
Business $57,657
Social Sciences $57,310
Humanities $56,651
Agriculture $55,750
Communications $52,056

(source: NACE)

Top Companies Hiring Our Hotelies

 Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has been the top SHA graduate employer since 2018.

Employers hiring Hotelies include many household names, like Four Seasons, Amazon, and CapitalOne — but you’ll find that our graduates are welcome at a wide array of organizations, from large Fortune 500 corporations to nonprofits to quickly growing tech startups. As a Hotelie, you have a wide range of job options in terms of industry, location, and type of organization, as employers immediately recognize the knowledge and capabilities that your SHA bachelor’s degree represents, and you can take advantage of Cornell’s strong relationships and reputation with corporate partners all over the world.

A few of the companies hiring our 2020 graduates for full-time positions include:

Amazon, attentive, Blackstone, CapitalOne, Curacity, EY, Four Seasons, Goldman Sachs, IBM, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Morgan Stanley, UBS, and Wells Fargo.


The prestigious organizations that hired our most recent class of SHA graduates are those shaping the industry and its future. Representing financial services and investment, real estate, hospitality and travel, consumer retail, technology, consulting, and many other sectors, these employers are among the most innovative and influential. The logos listed below represent a small portion of the top companies that employ SHA graduates.

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What Our Employers Are Saying

Four seasons

“Ohana Real Estate Investors (“Ohana”) likes hiring students
from SHA because the students come ready with industry
context and prepared for real-world learning. Ohana 9nds SHA
students eager to learn and keen on making positive, lasting
– Jonathan Loke, Associate

Ohana Real Estate Investors

“SHA always sends us students who are engaged, excited, and
equipped for a successful career in hospitality. These students
communicate their passions and aspirations well in interviews,
and prove themselves quickly when they join the organization.
They are brilliant and contribute to innovation, e7ciency, and
taking our service to the next level. GO SHA! Keep up the great
– Tuesday Baptiste, Director of People & Culture

95% of SHA graduates remain in the US after graduation, with over half of the class remaining in the Northeast.

Average Base Hospitality Salaries, by US Region

For Hotelie graduates, the SHA name on your bachelor’s degree and the Cornell pedigree open doors to rewarding careers across the US and beyond. For prospective employers, these credentials immediately signal our graduates’ superior capabilities and commitment to service. Add to that Cornell’s robust network of connections with organizations around the world — from which students benefit even more through internships, networking events, and relationships with renowned, industry-connected faculty. The upshot is some of the strongest hospitality salary data you’ll find anywhere. The table below details the average base salary by region with percent employed in that region.

Region Average Base Salary Percent Employed 
United States $70,784 95%
  Northeast $73,149 55%
  West $71,614 12%
  Mid-Atlantic $75,792 9%
  South $58,778 9%
  Southwest $55,200 7%
  Midwest $71,200 5%
International N/A 5%

 Average Base Hotelie Salary, by Industry 

Versatile, multidisciplinary, and virtually recession-proof, a hospitality management degree from SHA prepares you to excel in a wide range of industries — from investment banking to healthcare to technology, in addition to the traditional hospitality sectors. And Cornell’s robust, ongoing cultivation of employers in all industry sectors provides you with a superlative career network. That’s why you’ll see Hotelies entering so many different industries — and commanding top hospitality salaries while delivering superlative service, no matter their employer’s business.

Average Base Salaries for SHA Graduates in Largest Industries (percentage of 2020 Hotelie class)

Industry Average Base Salary Percent Employed 
Financial Services $79,950 29%
Real Estate $74,490 22%
Hospitality Operations $55,350 19%
Technology $69,007 11%
Consulting $74,955 9%
Other* $53,750 7%
Retail $53,893 2%

*Other includes advertising/PR/media, agribusiness, energy/utilities, healthcare/pharma, HR, manufacturing, nonprofit, and transportation services.

29% of Class of 2020 graduates work in the financial services industry with an average base salary of $79,950.

Hospitality is represented across a variety of industries from finance to real estate. SHA prepares undergraduates for leadership roles that require the application of business principles in a hospitality context, allowing SHA graduates to enter into a variety of industries with hospitality connections.

50% of 2020 SHA graduates have finance as their job function.

Strong Hospitality Management Salaries in Many Job Functions

The SHA Hotel Administration degree prepares you to excel in a wide variety of job functions, which is why you’ll find our graduates working in practically any organizational department. With strong classroom and practical training in all business disciplines, from finance, management, and accounting to sales and marketing, operations, and entrepreneurship, the Hotelie experience is the perfect launchpad for success on day one of your first job.

Function Average Base Salary  Percent Employed 
Finance  $73,381 50%
General Management $57,557 19%
Consulting $76,194 12%
Marketing and Sales $56,679 11%
Operations and Logistics $59,750 4%
Other* $63,833 4%

*Other includes data analytics and human resources.

See Where Cornell’s Hotel Administration Program Can Take You

Ready to learn more about what SHA’s hotel administration degree can do for your career? Learn more about our program, see more employment data, and get started on your application now.