A new study released Monday by the National Restaurant Association found that Charlotte ranks No. 1 for hotel employees, with more than 2.7 million employees.
The study, based on federal data, found Charlotte had more than 5 percent of its workers in the hospitality industry who were over age 55.
The study also found Charlotte ranks fourth for the percentage of workers who are female.
According to the study, the median hourly wage for the hospitality sector is $10.12.
The lowest-paid workers earned less than $10 an hour.
Charlotte ranked No. 2 nationally for the number of hotel workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher, followed by Atlanta and San Antonio.
Charlotte also had the lowest proportion of hotel employees with at least a bachelor of arts degree.
The city has one of the highest rates of non-unionized workers, according to the report.
Charlotte is also ranked as having the third-highest unemployment rate in the nation, with 7.8 percent.
The report also found that while Charlotte ranks in the top 10 for average annual income, it ranked 23rd for median household income, with a median of $45,921.
The median annual income in Charlotte was $45.7, according the report.
“Charlotte is one of only five U.S. cities to have a poverty rate of under 10 percent, which is one percentage point higher than the national rate, the report said.
The state has the fourth-highest rate of people living below the poverty line.