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Cafeteria Manager Salary (United States)

Cafeteria Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $24K per year on average but can range from $17K to $41K per year. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and approximately half receive dental plans. Cafeteria Managers are largely women, dominating the profession at 87 percent. Job satisfaction for Cafeteria Managers is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Cafeteria Manager Salary (?
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$14,841 - $42,303
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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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$0$15K$30K$45K
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$14,841 - $42,303  
   
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$0.00 - $1,505  
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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$17,132 - $40,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 197
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$0$9$18$27
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$9.47 - $17.52  
   
Overtime
$1.47 - $26.11  
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$0$18K$36K$54K
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$0.00 - $1,505  
   
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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$17,132 - $40,520  
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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Survey takers who work as Cafeteria Managers report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know People Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 29 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Food Preparation.

Pay by Experience Level for Cafeteria Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Cafeteria Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $24K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $25K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $28K in this role. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $30K. The largest share 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.

Cafeteria Manager Advice

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"You Need To Be Patient, Kind And Understanding And Like Kids."
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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%