Assistant Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salary
Median pay for Restaurant Assistant Kitchen Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $12.39 per hour. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to over a third, and about one in four earn dental coverage. Male Restaurant Assistant Kitchen Managers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Assistant Kitchen Manager, Restaurant
Assistant kitchen workers are responsible for a variety of tasks related to food preparation and kitchen maintenance. Though kitchen workers may have many responsibilities, assistants are more likely to perform cleaning and maintenance tasks which don't pertain to actual food preparation, such as washing dishes, providing cooks with needed items, sanitizing work stations, rotating foodstuffs in refrigerators, preparing and polishing plates and cutlery, and keeping dispensers and shelves stocked. Assistants may also be responsible for food preparation under the supervision of a manager or head chef. These tasks may include cleaning and butchering meat, knowing a restaurant's menu and preparing its items, mixing ingredients in salad preparation, and correctly storing food. Assistant kitchen workers differ from their superiors in administrative work, as they are unlikely to be involved with administrative tasks such as taking stock or placing orders.Read More...
Assistant kitchen workers must communicate regularly and skillfully in their work to understand and carry out specific requests from co-workers and managers. During busy periods, they must work well with co-workers and ensure that no one is running low on clean dishes or other necessary items. They usually work in shifts, which may include weekends and evenings depending on their employer. As assistants, they work under the supervision of a manager, as well as other cooks or kitchen workers. Their work is entirely indoors and often physically demanding by requiring repetitive motion and heavy lifting.
Although there are no formal education requirements to be an assistant kitchen worker, many employers may prefer applicants with prior work experience in food preparation and/or hospitality.
Assistant Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Tasks
- Manage daily operations under the direction of the general manager.
- Ensure kitchen sanitation according to health and safety guidelines.
- Maintain inventory, order supplies, and ensure kitchen operation is smooth.
- Schedule, coordinate, and appoint activities to kitchen staff.
Common Career Paths for Assistant Kitchen Manager, Restaurant
Restaurant Assistant Kitchen Managers who advance into the role of a Restaurant General Manager are fairly uncommon. Restaurant General Managers on average earn $46K per year. Restaurant Assistant Kitchen Managers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Restaurant Kitchen Managers or Kitchen Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $6K higher and $3K higher, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Assistant Kitchen Manager, Restaurant
Survey results show that Restaurant Assistant Kitchen Managers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Scheduling, Order Inventory, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Training and Food Preparation. Employees educated in Food Preparation are typically practiced in Order Inventory, too.
Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Kitchen Manager, Restaurant
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $31K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $29K. Restaurant Assistant Kitchen Managers see a median salary of $33K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Restaurant Assistant Kitchen Managers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $27K.
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