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Cafe Manager Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Cafe Managers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $35K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Female Cafe Managers make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. The majority of Cafe Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and a little less than one-half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by around half and dental coverage is claimed by just over two-fifths. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,448 - $48,279
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$48K
MEDIAN: $34,931
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90%

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$9.06 - $17.32
(Median)
$9
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,448 - $48,279  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,139  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,720  
Commission
$1.10 - $2,800  
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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$21,281 - $45,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.06 - $17.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.27 - $6.22  
Overtime
$6.10 - $27.42  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,139  
   
Commission
$1.10 - $2,800  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,720  
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).
)
$21,281 - $45,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 125

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Cafe Manager


Survey results suggest that Cafe Managers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with People Management, Customer Service, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Hiring. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in Order Inventory.

Pay by Experience Level for Cafe Manager

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $29K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $35K. On average, Cafe Managers make $36K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $40K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Cafe Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%



National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Cafe Manager Salaries

People Management
up arrow 22%


Scheduling
up arrow 4%

Order Inventory
0%

National Average
$31,000

Hiring
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 46%