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 per year. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than one-half lack coverage. On the flip side, approximately half have medical insurance and more than two-fifths receive dental plans. Female Cafe Managers make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. Work is enjoyable for Cafe Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,693 - $48,600

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$8.79 - $16.71

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,693 - $48,600  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,119  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,000  
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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$20,940 - $45,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 182
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.79 - $16.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.27 - $6.27  
Overtime
$9.25 - $25.50  
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 - $4,119  
   
Commission
$1.10 - $2,800  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,000  
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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$20,940 - $45,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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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


Cafe Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in People Management, Food Preparation, Customer Service, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Hiring. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Cafe Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $28K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $35K. Cafe Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $36K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Cafe Managers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $40K.

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Experience Affects Cafe Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%



National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Cafe Manager Salaries

People Management
up arrow 20%

Food Preparation
up arrow 5%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Order Inventory
0%

National Average
$31,000

Hiring
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 47%
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