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Cafe Manager Salary (United States)

Cafe Managers in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $35K annually on average. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — a little less than half lack coverage. On the flip side, close to one-half have medical insurance and nearly two in five receive dental plans. Most Cafe Managers are women (75 percent). Most Cafe Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Cafe Manager Salary (?
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$24,336 - $46,288
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MEDIAN: $35,016
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Cafe Manager Salary (?
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$9.01 - $17.44
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,336 - $46,288  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,054  
Profit Sharing
$98.26 - $1,780  
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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$21,522 - $44,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 170
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.01 - $17.44  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.29 - $6.27  
Overtime
$12.08 - $26.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,054  
   
Profit Sharing
$98.26 - $1,780  
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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$21,522 - $44,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Cafe Managers who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Scheduling, Customer Service, Order Inventory, and Hiring are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Hiring. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Cafe Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $29K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $35K on average. For Cafe Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $37K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $44K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; most of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in six of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

Pay Difference By Location

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$32,000
Portland
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Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Cafe Managers, 12 percent above the national average. In Portland, salaries are 5 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Cafe Manager Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$32,000

Skills That Affect Cafe Manager Salaries

Customer Service
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Scheduling
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Order Inventory
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National Average
$32,000
Hiring
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 47%