Executive Chefs earn the highest median pay at $80K per year, followed by Restaurant General Managers (about $61K), Assistant General Managers ($55K), and Restaurant Managers ($48K). Earning only approximately $45K on average, Sous Chefs make less than most people in the company.
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of around $70K annually. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $49K per year. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (45 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make around $59K annually on average.
Residents of Charlotte, N.C. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is about $55K per year; other top-paying cities include Fairfax, Va. ($50K) and Charleston, S.C. (approximately $40K). By state, Florida offers the highest pay at $77K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Food Protection Professionals, who make $70K per year. Certified ServSafe Food Handlers also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of about $58K annually. At Ruth's Chris Steak House, employees who hold a Bachelor's Degree receive the highest salaries at around $62K.
When it comes to skills, Financial Analysis seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $65K per year. Operations Management is a popular skill among Ruth's Chris Steak House workers, with the larger part of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Some other standard skills here are Inventory Control, People Management, and Budget Management.
Benefits and Perks
A majority of employees set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). For most workers, benefits include health insurance, and the larger part of respondents get dental coverage, too. A few more workplace perks are life insurance, free drinks, relocation expenses, and a company cell phone.