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Catering Manager Salary (United States)

Catering Managers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $40K annually. Cash earnings of Catering Managers — including $7K in bonuses, $10K in profit sharing proceeds, and $12K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $26K to approximately $55K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but career length and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Most Catering Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Catering Manager Salary (?
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$28,950 - $53,981
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MEDIAN: $40,468
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Catering Manager Salary (?
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$9.46 - $17.94
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,950 - $53,981  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,282  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,863  
Commission
$0.00 - $11,920  
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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$25,662 - $55,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 728
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.46 - $17.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.39 - $5.87  
Overtime
$11.92 - $26.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,282  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,920  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,863  
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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$25,662 - $55,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 241
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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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As Catering Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Director of Catering, they may see a strong upturn in salary. a Director of Catering typically earns $62K per year. The most common next step for a Catering Manager is to become a Catering Sales Manager or a Restaurant General Manager. The former position pays an additional $1K per year on average, and the latter position pays $6K more per year.

Catering Manager Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Catering Manager

Bon Appetit Management Company does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $49K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $37K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $65K.
Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Sodexo, Inc.

Popular Skills for Catering Manager

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Catering Managers who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Event Management, Customer Service, Sales, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know 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.
For Catering Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $37K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $41K. Catering Managers bring in $45K after working for 10 to 20 years. Catering Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $46K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, a majority land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$40,000
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For Catering Managers, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. New York, San Francisco, Dallas, and Los Angeles are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Catering Managers earning around 31 percent, 28 percent, 20 percent, and 19 percent more than average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Philadelphia. Below-median salaries also turn up in Charlotte and Atlanta (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Catering Manager Salaries

National Average
$40,000

Skills That Affect Catering Manager Salaries

Event Management
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National Average
$40,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 187 votes.

Gender

Female
79%
female alumni
 
Male
21%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 30%