Roughly one-half of Cafeteria Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $17K to $39K per year, but median earnings come to around $25K per year. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 88 percent of Cafeteria Managers are female. Most Cafeteria Managers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Some workers in this field — around two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than a third. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$14,861 - $40,333
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MEDIAN: $24,632
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$10.03 - $18.34
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$14,861 - $40,333  
   
Bonus
$50.34 - $4,370  
Total Pay (?
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$17,310 - $39,274  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $18.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.45  
Overtime
$21.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$50.34 - $4,370  
   
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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$17,310 - $39,274  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 137

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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

  • Manage food production, service, sanitation and staffing needs for cafeteria.
  • Ensure kitchen and eating area meet sanitation requirements.
  • Maintain food and customer service quality.
  • Track and order cafeteria products and supplies.

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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, Order Inventory, Inventory Management, and Food Preparation are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like People Management, Operations Management, and Menu Planning. Most people skilled in Inventory Management 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.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $25K, and those with five to 10 years' experience report a lower median of $24K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Cafeteria Managers make a median salary of $27K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $31K.

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Experience Affects Cafeteria Manager Salaries



National Average
$26,000



Skills That Affect Cafeteria Manager Salaries

Production Management
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Order Inventory
0%

National Average
$26,000

Inventory Management
up arrow 3%

Food Preparation
up arrow 4%

Menu Planning
up arrow 5%

Operations Management
up arrow 5%

People Management
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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