Cafeteria Manager Salary

Cafeteria Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and slightly more than half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $25K per year, but may range from $18K to $39K per year. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by more than two-fifths. The vast majority of Cafeteria Managers (87 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,861 - $38,715
(Median)
$15K
$25K
$39K
MEDIAN: $24,672
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$9.89 - $17.56
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$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$14,861 - $38,715  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,445  
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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$17,659 - $38,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 217
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.89 - $17.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $26.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,445  
   
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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$17,659 - $38,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 182
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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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Popular Skills for Cafeteria Manager


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Production Management, People Management, Inventory Management, and Order Inventory are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Food Preparation and Menu Planning. Most people skilled in Order Inventory are similarly competent in Food Preparation.

Pay by Experience Level for Cafeteria Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $24K on average. It may be worth noting that those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a lower median salary of $24K. Cafeteria Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $27K. Cafeteria Managers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $30K.

Cafeteria Manager Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Cafeteria Manager in sellersburg in 47172:
"You Need To Be Patient, Kind And Understanding And Like Kids."
Take on problems one at a time. Treat kids the way you want your own treated. Take pride in what you do it will show.

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Experience Affects Cafeteria Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Cafeteria Manager Salaries

Production Management
up arrow 10%

People Management
up arrow 6%

Inventory Management
up arrow 3%

Order Inventory
0%

National Average
$26,000

Menu Planning
up arrow 6%

Food Preparation
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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