Assistant Manager, Fast Food Salary
Assistant Fast Food Managers in the United States pull down an average of $10.24 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Women Assistant Fast Food Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While the greater part report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and just under one in three have dental, as well. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Assistant Manager, Fast Food
An assistant manager in the fast food industry is responsible for overseeing the operation of a fast food restaurant, typically under the supervision of a general manager. Individuals in this position manage a group of line-level employees who perform such functions as preparing food, cleaning, and taking customer orders. The assistant manager must know how to perform all line-level functions, as they must ensure these tasks are successfully completed and perhaps fill in on the line.Read More...
Many fast food restaurants are open 24 hours a day. The assistant manager must have a flexible schedule, and they typically must be available to work a wide variety of hours from early in the morning and late at night. They work
primarily inside the restaurant, although they may perform certain functions outside such as disposing of trash and accepting deliveries. This individual must know how to operate industrial kitchen equipment, including grills and deep fryers; they must also be able to instruct employees how to use this equipment. The assistant manager must maintain a safe work environment for all team members through training and counseling as necessary.
This position requires good interpersonal and communication skills. The assistant manager is responsible for coaching employees and maintaining excellent customer service. Complex customer service issues may be escalated to the assistant manager, who needs to apply the restaurant’s policies and procedures to ensure the issue is resolved and the customer is satisfied.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required for this position. Previous supervisory experience in a fast food restaurant is highly recommended, but not required.
Assistant Manager, Fast Food Tasks
- Balance cash receipts.
- Be responsible for providing hygienic, safe food that meets branding, and company standards.
- Maintain the facility, including assigning staff to clean and conduct preventative maintenance.
- Supervise restaurant staff during shifts, including hiring, scheduling, and evaluations.
- Place orders, assess inventory, and organize stores.
Common Career Paths for Assistant Manager, Fast Food
While difficult to come across, Assistant Fast Food Managers do sometimes move on to become Restaurant General Managers. The average salary for Restaurant General Managers is $46K annually. The most common next step for an Assistant Fast Food Manager is to become a General Manager of Food Service or a Restaurant Manager. The former position pays an additional $19K per year on average, and the latter position pays $13K more per year.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Manager, Fast Food
Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Assistant Fast Food Managers include Burger King Corporation, Wendy's International, Inc., Arby's Restaurant Group Inc, Subway Restaurant Inc, and Sonic Drive - In. Although the highest salaries can be found at Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Corporation where median pay is $30K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $23K and $36K. Other big spenders include Arby's Restaurant Group Inc, Wendy's International, Inc., and Taco Bell Corporation, top-paying firms where Assistant Fast Food Managers see paychecks nearing $29K, $29K, or $28K.
Pay for Assistant Fast Food Managers is the lowest at Subway Restaurant Inc, which has a median salary of $19K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $25K. Other low-paying employers include Little Caesars Enterprises, Inc. at $20K and International Dairy Queen, Inc. at $21K, though some Assistant Fast Food Managers there earn up to $32K.
Popular Skills for Assistant Manager, Fast Food
Assistant Fast Food Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Job Scheduling, Hiring, Scheduling, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Cash Handling and Food Preparation. Most people experienced in Customer Service also know Inventory Control and Operations Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Manager, Fast Food
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Assistant Fast Food Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $24K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $28K. Assistant Fast Food Managers see a median salary of $29K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $31K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Assistant Fast Food Managers, Cleveland provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Assistant Fast Food Managers will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+24 percent), Louisville (+20 percent), Philadelphia (+17 percent), and Austin (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Atlanta (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).