Restaurant General Managers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at around $62K per year — though Assistant General Managers, Sous Chefs, and Restaurant Assistant Managers also do fairly well at $55K, approximately $45K, and about $42K, respectively. Bookkeepers make an average $30K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($55K annually) can be spotted in Charlotte, N.C.; Fairfax, Va. ($50K), Charleston, S.C. (about $40K), and Philadelphia, Pa. (around $30K) are the next top-paying cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Florida, where the average salary is approximately $66K per year.
Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $49K annually. For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $50K per year. The greater proportion of employees (45 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of about $58K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Food Protection Professionals earn $58K per year, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Certified ServSafe Food Handlers with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at $55K annually. Ruth's Chris Steak House compensates Bachelor's Degree-holders the most at $38K per year.
When it comes to skills, Budget Management seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of approximately $65K annually. A garden variety skill at Ruth's Chris Steak House is Operations Management; the larger part of Ruth's Chris Steak House's people use it regularly. Inventory Control, Inventory Management, and People Management round out the set of key employee skills.
Benefits and Perks
Close to one-half set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a large number of survey participants, and a strong majority of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Other privileges include life insurance, relocation expenses, and free drinks.