Wages for Restaurant, Hotel and Hospitality Workers Cause Controversy, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

The restaurant sector is one of the world’s largest providers of employment.  In the U.S. alone, restaurants and various other food service establishments employ about 11.5 million people, which is roughly 10% of the entire private sector workforce.  Likewise, hotels and similar businesses are also very large employers, at about 1.9 million workers in the U.S. alone. While the count of jobs provided in hospitality is exceptionally high, the wages tend to be among the lowest of any industry.  This tradition of low wages is due to many factors.  For example, restaurant work is an entry-level job for many people,…

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