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Cafe Manager Salary

Pay for Cafe Managers in the United States is very modest at just $35K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although close to one-half have medical coverage and roughly two in five have dental coverage, a little less than one-half claim no health benefits at all. Most Cafe Managers survey respondents are women (75 percent). Work is enjoyable for Cafe Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,211 - $47,921
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$48K
MEDIAN: $34,922
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$9.00 - $17.32
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$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$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,211 - $47,921  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,100  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,750  
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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$21,180 - $45,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.00 - $17.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.27 - $6.55  
Overtime
$6.03 - $26.92  
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.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,100  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,750  
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).
)
$21,180 - $45,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 128
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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, Scheduling, and Order Inventory are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 7 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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.


Cafe Managers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $29K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $34K. Cafe Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $36K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $44K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Cafe Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%



National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Cafe Manager Salaries

People Management
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National Average
$31,000

Hiring
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

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