November 01, 2002
Meetings & Conventions: Newsline newsline.gif (8042 bytes)NEW REPORT REVEALS LOW PAY, DRAMATIC SPIKE IN UNEMPLOYMENTHotel Workers Earn Poverty WagesAt last count, the median wage of a hotel worker was $8.62 per hour 40 percent lower than the median hourly wage for the United States as a whole and, given a 35-hour workweek, totaling a little less than $16,000 per year.

The upshot: Nearly half of all hotel workers earn wages that are below the poverty level set by the U.S. government for a two-adult, two-child family. (In 2000, a full-time worker had to earn at least $17,463 to exceed the poverty level.)

The findings were revealed in September in “U.S. Hotels and Their Workers: Room for Improvement,” a report compiled by the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute (www.workingforamerica.org).

The post-9/11 decline in travel and the recession dealt a blow to hotel employment. From March 2001 through May 2002, the industry lost 122,000 jobs (6.4 percent). The precipitous loss of 38,000 hotel jobs between September and October 2001 alone represents the largest single-month loss for hotels during the current recession.

Unemployment for hotel workers climbed from 5.2 percent in 2000 to 7.0 percent in 2001, compared with the 0.8 percent rise (from 4.0 to 4.8 percent) for all U.S. workers in the same period.

Nearly all major metropolitan areas suffered hotel job losses in the past year. Atlanta, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., all lost at least 13 percent of their hotel work force.

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• ART PFENNING

Art Pfenning is the corporate research director for NORTHSTAR Travel Media, LLC, M&C’s parent company.

What Association Executives Earn The gender gap in earnings grows in relation to size of organization, according to a 2001 compensation survey. Male CEOs Female CEOs Trade association $136,775 $92,125 Individual membership association $139,241 $85,204 Total staff size: 2 or fewer $75,000 $60,000 3 to 5 $95,640 $77,000 6 to 10 $116,550 $108,000 11 to 20 $138,200 $126,000 21 to 50 $201,923 $159,280 51 to 100 $237,900 $145,518 More than 100 $287,600 $249,233 Total annual budget: $300,000 or less $67,600 $54,789 $300,001 to $500,000 $75,600 $68,579 $500,001 to $750,000 $90,000 $72,800 $750,001 to $1 million $102,000 $87,525 $1,000,001 to $2.5 million $118,800 $112,425 $2,500,001 to $5 million $170,000 $137,100 $5,000,001 to $10 million $227,750 $160,585 $10,000,001 to $15 million $225,994 $171,750 More than $15 million $285,000 $256,269 Source: American Society of Association Executives

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