Cafeteria Manager Salary (United States)

Slightly more than half of Cafeteria Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $17,132 to $40,520 per year, but standard earnings come to around $26,311 annually. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—27 percent lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and about half receive dental plans. For the most part, Cafeteria Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Cafeteria Manager Salary (?
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$14,841 - $42,303
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MEDIAN: $24,376
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Cafeteria Manager Salary (?
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$9.47 - $17.52
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National Salary Data

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$14,841 - $42,303  
   
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$0.00 - $1,505  
Total Pay (?
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$17,132 - $40,520  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 197
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.47 - $17.52  
   
Overtime
$1.47 - $26.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
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$0.00 - $1,505  
   
Total Pay (?
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$17,132 - $40,520  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 151
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Job Description for Cafeteria Manager

Cafeteria managers typically oversee the provision of food at institutions such as schools and hospitals; sometimes, large companies also have cafeterias for employees and require someone to manage cafeteria operations. The cafeteria manager supervises all cafeteria personnel, as well as food preparation and handling practices. They may oversee menu creation, purchasing, and planning as well.
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Cafeteria Manager Tasks
  • Maintain food and customer service quality.
  • Track and order cafeteria products and supplies.
  • Manage food production, service, sanitation and staffing needs for cafeteria.
  • Ensure kitchen and eating area meet sanitation requirements.

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Pay by Experience Level for Cafeteria Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Early in their career, Cafeteria Managers do not see a dramatic shift in salary; typically starting at $24K, pay reaches $25K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $28K after 10 to 20 years. After a couple decades on the job, Cafeteria Managers see only modest salary growth, with pay averaging $30K. The largest number of Cafeteria Managers have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

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Experience Affects Cafeteria Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%
Experienced
up arrow 5%
National Average
$26,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 3%
Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Cafeteria Manager Salaries

People Management
up arrow 29%
National Average
$26,000
Order Inventory
up arrow 3%
Food Preparation
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
87%
female alumni
 
Male
13%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 27%
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