Gambling Managers: Salary Overview
Gambling managers are in charge of the day-to-day activities in a gambling establishment.
Usually, gambling managers are responsible for coordinating the activities in a casino.
They may also set the house rules.
Some states require gambling managers to possess a license.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for gambling managers was $84,700 as of May 2019 while the median annual wage for this profession was $74,970.
The median wage shows us that half the workers in this profession earned less than this amount while half earned more.
Salaries for this profession vary based on the manager’s level of experience and education but also based on the type of establishment and the region.
The lowest 10 percent of all gambling managers earned less than $47,160 a year while the highest 10 percent made more than $136,650.
The 25th percentile for this profession is $58,840 which means that most gambling managers (75%) earned more than this amount.
However, as a beginner in this profession, you will most likely be in the lower 25 percent and you will start to earn more after gaining a few years of experience in the field.
Your salary will also vary depending on the size of the establishment and those who work in a large casino will typically earn more than those who work for smaller gambling businesses.
Before being promoted to a gambling manager position you will also need a few years of experience in a different lower-paid position.
Gambling Manager Salary by Industry
The biggest employers for gambling managers were the traveler accommodation sector and the gambling industry.
The average annual wage reported by gambling managers who worked in the traveler accommodation sector was $88,950 as of May 2019.
Gambling managers employed in gambling industries reported an average annual wage of $82,080.
Other employers for gambling managers were local governments, the industry of spectator sports, and the field of management of companies and enterprises.
The average annual wage was $76,220 for gambling managers employed by local governments and $74,210 for those who worked in the field of spectator sports.
The highest-paying field for this profession is the industry of management of companies and enterprises.
In this sector, the average annual wage for gambling managers was $123,370 per year.
Salaries for gambling managers also vary depending on other factors, such as the manager’s experience and the region of employment.
Experienced managers will, most likely, earn a salary that is closer to $100,000 a year while entry-level workers will earn an entry-level salary that is closer to the minimum for this profession.
Salaries also vary depending on the state of employment.
The report published by BLS shows that the highest average annual salary was reported by gambling managers in Nevada.
In this state, the average annual wage for gambling managers was $101,190.
So if you coordinate gambling activities in a Las Vegas casino, your earnings are expected to be higher than $100,000.
Other states where you may earn a higher salary as a gambling manager are Maryland, California, Ohio, and North Carolina.
All these states had average annual wages that were above $90,000.
If you work in a Nebraska casino, on the other hand, your earnings as a gambling manager will most likely be in the $50,000-$70,000 range.
Other states where the reported average salaries for gambling managers were below the average for this profession were Texas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
So the region of employment plays an important role in determining how much a gambling manager makes.
If you want to start a career in this business you may have better job prospects and earning potential if you relocate to a region where this profession is paid better.
* Based on information from the May 2021 salary report from the BLS. The figures represent accumulated data for all states of employment for Gambling Managers. BLS data represents averages and medians for workers at all levels of education and experience. This data doesn't represent starting salaries.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.