Compensation guide for careers in Tourism & Hospitality

Despite the epidemic, tourism remains a highly powerful source of employment in Spain, albeit not in the same numbers as before. However, tourism continues to outperform other markets that have been severely impacted. It should be remembered, however, that tourism is a very diverse industry. The chain of people participating in tourism activity is vast, ranging from hotel managers to a significant number of suppliers.

Tourism is an ever-evolving business that remains one of the economy's mainstays.


Tourism is an ever-evolving business that remains one of the economy’s mainstays. According to a survey by Exceltur, for every 100  tourist jobs, 67 more jobs are created in related businesses. 

The Adecco Salary Guide 2021 clearly shows which tourism-related  jobs pay the most. 


A chef can receive a gross annual income of between 29,000 and 32,000 euros, making him or her the highest-paid position in the sector.

Reception Manager

The average annual income for receptionists is 24,360 euros. Jobs in tourism are primarily advertised on websites in Catalonia, although it is a position that is highly sought after in all areas in Spain where the tourism sector has a significant presence.


In general, more than three years of experience are required to operate as a sommelier, which is why a professional in this industry makes roughly 23,200 euros per year. This is a job that requires a lot of practice.

Event Manager

An event manager can earn an average salary of 23,140 euros per year, with the potential to earn up to 30,000 euros gross if he or she has worked in the industry for more than ten years. People interested in working in the tourism industry frequently choose event coordination as a career path.

Room Supervisor

Professional training is a need for a room management employment, which is an advantage that permits these individuals to earn a salary of around 22,350 euros per year.

Consultant for Customer Experience

Companies in Madrid, according to Adecco, are the ones that require this type of specialist the most. In reality, they employ 65 percent of them in Spain, where they can earn up to 22,335 euros per year.

Tourism Technician

The demand for this profile is largest in the Madrid Community and the  Basque Country. Salaries can reach up to 22,300 euros gross per year,  with the possibility of earning more than 26,000 euros if you have  substantial experience.

Travel Consultant

A travel agent’s average annual pay is 19,865 euros, with Catalonia being the autonomous community with the highest demand for this sort of professional.

Tourist guide

In Spain, a tour guide with a university degree in Hospitality and Tourism can make an average of 17,215 euros per year. An added advantage would be if you know the local language and have keen interest in geography or history of the region.

Other Job Opportunities in Tourism

The primary jobs in tourism were discussed in the preceding section. However, there are additional job categories that are less well-known but are nonetheless part of the tourism industry’s job creation.

  • Online travel agency
  • Local tourist guide
  • Companion’s guide
  • Tourist apartment manager
  • Hotel manager with expertise in tourism marketing
  • Cruise crew member
  • Museum tour guide
  • Guest relations specialist
  • Tourist entertainer

Other aviation-related careers, such as those in airways and airports, both public and private, will undoubtedly allow you to further expand your skills and expertise.

Now is the right time to enroll in the tourism and hospitality management program, as it will entail you to learn the basics and strengthen your CV for a high paying job and a flourishing career in this industry.

C3S Business School offers both Bachelor’s & Master’s degree programs for the same, check out the program page for more details.

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Pooja Shah is the Head of Digital Content and Engagement at Barcelona's C3S Business School. She has over 12 years of international experience in the field of education, with a diverse portfolio of roles. She is the driving force behind the school's digital content on its website and social media platforms. She went on to get her MBA with a specialty in Human Resources after excelling academically in her Bachelor's in Computer Applications. Her passion is to educate and inspire the humanity, thereby contributing her bit to the society.