Cafe Managers in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $35K per year on average. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Cafe Managers making up 71 percent. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. While just over a half report receiving no health benefits, over one-half do receive medical coverage, and more than a third have dental, as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$25,953 - $50,519
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$26K
$35K
$51K
MEDIAN: $35,044
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$9.07 - $16.97
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$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,953 - $50,519  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$450.00  
Commission
$2,000  
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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$22,029 - $48,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 155
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.07 - $16.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.51 - $5.44  
Overtime
$12.25 - $25.04  
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 - $5,034  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$450.00  
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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$22,029 - $48,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 112

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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


Cafe Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Scheduling, Food Preparation, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. People Management and Hiring as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. The majority of those 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $31K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $34K. Cafe Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $34K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $30K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,725

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

For Cafe Managers, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Cafe Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Cafe Manager's salary, with Philadelphia Cafe Managers earning salaries that are 23 percent less than the national average.

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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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Experience Affects Cafe Manager Salaries



National Average
$33,000



Skills That Affect Cafe Manager Salaries


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$33,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 53%
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