Catering Manager Salary

Catering Managers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $41K per year. Cash earnings of Catering Managers — including $7K in bonuses, $11K in profit sharing proceeds, and $15K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $26K to approximately $57K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though the company and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Catering Managers make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. While close to a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and a little over a half have dental, as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,586 - $56,701
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $41,123
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$9.67 - $18.72
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,586 - $56,701  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,953  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $15,277  
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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$26,403 - $57,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 784
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $18.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.48 - $5.95  
Overtime
$12.00 - $27.58  
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$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,953  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,277  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,000  
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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$26,403 - $57,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 239
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Job Description for Catering Manager

Catering managers are responsible for the day-to-day running of food services within an establishment. Ensuring that ordered food is on time and meets standards is a vital role for catering managers. Additionally, catering managers must work with their chefs; they must also ensure that waiters have the necessary knowledge to effectively serve clients. Catering managers must be patient, able to work well under stressful situations, and have a keen eye for logistics and problem solving.

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Catering Manager Tasks

  • Collaborate with the chef and cooks to create menus, order the supplies, and ensure timeliness.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with clients, vendors, and serving staff.
  • Oversee all catering operations, including inventory, budget, equipment, and special events.
  • Resolve customer service complaints and inventory or cooking problems.

Common Career Paths for Catering Manager


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Catering Managers may progress into high-paying roles like Director of Catering, where median compensation is $61K annually. A Catering Sales Manager or a Catering Director is a typical transition from a Catering Manager role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Catering Manager


Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group, Bon Appetit Management Company, Aramark, and Hy-Vee, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Catering Managers. Aramark leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $55K.

Popular Skills for Catering Manager


Catering Managers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Sales, Event Management, Event Planning, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Food Preparation and People Management. Most people familiar with Event Management also know Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Catering Manager

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $37K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $42K. Catering Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. Catering Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $47K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,399

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

For Catering Managers, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Catering Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+29 percent), New York (+28 percent), Boston (+18 percent), and Dallas (+17 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Charlotte. Employers in Portland and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Catering Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Catering Manager?

Catering Manager in Columbia:
"Lots of work with little appreciation."
Pros: I like interacting with clients. I also enjoy the different venues we visit.
Cons: Serving so many people enables us to experience many types of people. Some of them are difficult to please.

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Experience Affects Catering Manager Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Catering Manager Salaries

Sales
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Event Planning
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Event Management
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National Average
$40,000

Customer Service
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People Management
up arrow 12%

Food Preparation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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