It is worth bearing in mind that hospitality management, in regards to running a venue, is very different from working in the hospitality industry under another function, such as human resources or finance departments.
Also, graduate salaries across the industry vary considerably depending on the role and employer.
Graduate management starting salaries at certain restaurants or pubs will generally be in the region between £19,000 and £25,000.
A study conducted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) 2012/13 graduates that had a hospitality, leisure, tourism or transport degree were earning between £15,059 and £19,545 six months later.
It is possible for graduates to enter the industry from a variety of degree backgrounds, depending on the area they go into; while a hospitality degree might help you get into the industry at a higher level, starting salaries for non-hospitality graduates are not dramatically different.
Hotel manager salaries
There are a number of different routes available for graduates regarding becoming a hotel manager. They may work as a manager for a particular part of a hotel, such as reception or a restaurant, or as a general manager overseeing all aspects of the venue.
The InterContinental Hotel Group graduate programme has been known to pay graduates a salary starting around £20,000 in London, and £18,000 in other locations.