When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($66K per year) can be spotted in Burlingame, Calif.; Commerce, Calif. ($55K), Dallas, Texas ($51K), and Chicago, Ill. (approximately $40K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at about $38K) is Orlando, Fla. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Massachusetts; salaries there average to around $56K annually.
Directors of Sales and Marketing represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at approximately $55K per year — though Directors of Catering, Food and Beverage Directors, and Sous Chefs also do fairly well at $48K, $45K, and around $41K, respectively. Financial compensation for Catering Sales Managers is rather low — on average only $32K — relative to the rest of the company.
Years of Experience
Average pay is about $40K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (41 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $37K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Meeting Professionals receive bigger paychecks (about $48K annually) than those without credentials. Acquiring certification to be a Certified ServSafe Food Handler is rewarded with median pay of approximately $39K per year. Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts provides the highest financial reward to those with an Associate's Degree — these employees rake in $45K annually.
Employees who count Account Management among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is around $55K per year. Customer Service is a popular skill among Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts workers, with just under one in three of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. People Management, Sales Management, and Sales are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is hard to come by at Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts; the company rewards only half of workers with paid vacation time and only 29 percent with sick leave. A strong majority of respondents set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). For the larger part of respondents, benefits include health insurance, and more than half of workers get dental coverage, too. Privileges also include life insurance, free drinks, and tuition reimbursement.