Undergraduate Career Outcomes


Curious about your potential for job placement and earnings from an undergraduate degree from the School of Hotel Administration? Explore the salaries and bonuses, industries, jobs, locations, and employers of our most recent SHA graduates.

Class of 2020: Full-time employment

The School of Hotel Administration’s undergraduate Class of 2020 included 239 graduates. Of these graduates, 197 were seeking full-time employment, with 93% receiving offers and 87% of them accepting job offers by September 30, 2020.

Note: Due to the pandemic, receiving offers also includes students that had offers rescinded by companies.

197 SHA graduates were seeking full-time employment
statistic: 93 percent of graduates received offers within four months of graduation
87 percent of graduates accepted full-time offers within four months of graduation

Class of 2020: Base salary and bonus data

The figures below represent base salaries and combined signing and relocation bonuses for SHA graduates who accepted full-time job offers

The average base salary for graduates was $69,394 – a 6% increase over the average base salary of the Class of 2019. US work-authorized graduates earned a slightly higher average base salary of $69,605. Graduates who were not US work-authorized earned a slightly lower average base salary of $67,857.

The average combined bonus for graduates was $14,958 – a 103% increase over the average bonus of the Class of 2019 – and includes bonus and relocation compensation.

$69,394 base salary. Average reported by employed SHA graduates
$126,248 combined bonus, which includes bonus and relocation. Average reported by employed SHA graduates

Average Base Salary by Industry

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.

The highest number of placements for SHA’s Class of 2020 was in the financial services industry. The real estate industry employed the second highest percentage of graduates and traditional hospitality operations employed the third highest percentage at 22% and 19%, respectively.

These placements include full-time roles that are related to hospitality companies, products, or services either in the traditionally defined hospitality industry or a broader industry, such as real estate or consulting.

 Industry  Average Base Salary Percent Employed
 Financial Services $79,950 29%
 Real Estate $74,490 22%
 Commercial $75,688 13%
 Hospitality $70,000 5%
 Residential $73,125 4%
 Hospitality Operations $55,350 19%
 Property $63,000 8%
Restaurant/Food & Beverage $51,025 6%
 Corporate $48,333 2%
 Sports/Leisure & Other $57,543 2%
 Technology $69,007 11%
 Consulting $74,955 9%
 Other* $53,750 7%
 Retail $53,893 2%
 Consumer Packaged Goods N/A 1%

*Other includes advertising/PR/media, agribusiness energy/utilities, healthcare/pharma, HR, manufacturing, non-profit, and transportation services


Average Base Salary by Job Function

SHA Class of 2020 graduates found positions in a variety of industries, with the highest number of placements in the financial services industry. The real estate industry employed the second highest percentage of graduates at 22%, and traditional hospitality operations employed the third highest percentage at 19%.

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

*Other includes data/analytics and HR


Average Base Salary by Region

Ninety-five percent of SHA graduates remain in the US after graduation, with over half of the class remaining in the Northeast.

 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%

Top Full-Time Employers

The following companies and organizations were the top employers for 2020 SHA graduates seeking full-time jobs.

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