Cafe Managers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $35K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, a little over a half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by just over two-fifths and dental insurance is reported by about one in three. The majority of Cafe Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$25,441 - $51,081
$25K
$35K
$51K
MEDIAN: $34,702
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$9.21 - $16.93
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MEDIAN: $12.68
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,441 - $51,081  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,600  
Commission
$2,200  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$22,183 - $48,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 155
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.21 - $16.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50 - $5.56  
Overtime
$12.56 - $24.85  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,500  
   
Commission
$2,200  
Profit Sharing
$1,600  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$22,183 - $48,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 109

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Job Description for Cafe Manager

A cafe manager is the person who is ultimately responsible for all of the operations at a cafe. As the final line of authority of the location, the manager plans, directs, and coordinates the cafe's operations. This includes scheduling employee hours, delegating tasks to staff, overseeing staff performance, and making any necessary corrections or reprimands to employee activity. The cafe manager is also responsible for ensuring that customers are treated in a pleasant and respectful manner, and deals with any customer issues or complaints in which a manager is requested by the employee or customer. They are also responsible for the health and sanitary conditions of the cafe; it is essential to ensure the cafe is clean at all times and in compliance with state and federal sanitation and food-handling regulations.

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Cafe Manager Tasks

  • Manage employees engaged in serving customers, taking orders, and preparing food and drink.
  • Ensure that company safety standards are met and that all food and drink is prepared according to all federal and local health regulations.
  • Manage day-to-day café operations, ensuring adequate stock of food and drink supplies, the premises are clean and presentable, and that customers are served in a timely fashion.
  • Provide ongoing training and coaching to staff on company guidelines, policies, and procedures.
  • Plan and prepare work schedules and assign employees to specific duties in the café.

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Popular Skills for Cafe Manager


Survey results show that Cafe Managers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Scheduling, Food Preparation, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing People Management and Hiring as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people who know Customer Service also know Order Inventory.

Pay by Experience Level for Cafe Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $34K. Cafe Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $34K. Cafe Managers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $29K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,535

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Cafe Managers will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 38 percent. Cafe Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+31 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), Washington (+13 percent), and New York (+8 percent). Cafe Managers in Philadelphia earn salaries far below the national average by 22 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

Cafe Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Cafe Manager?

Cafe Manager in Seattle:
Pros: Everything :) customer service and making coffee is profoundly rewarding, especially when the product is really high quality.
Cons: When times get hard, customers get difficult, when it gets so busy and staff loses flow. Usually doesn't happen, but when it does, it's hard getting everyone aligned again.

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Key Stats for Cafe Manager

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.
038
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Cafe Manager Salaries



National Average
$33,000



Skills That Affect Cafe Manager Salaries



Customer Service
0%

Food Preparation
0%

National Average
$33,000


Hiring
up arrow 10%

People Management
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 45%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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