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Catering Manager Salary (United States)

It's impossible to make it big as a Catering Managers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $41K per year. Total cash incomes of Catering Managers run from $26K to $55K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $7K, profit sharing that reaches $10K, and some commissions of nearly $12K. While experience level and the individual firm impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by just over a half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Catering Manager Salary (?
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$29,093 - $53,967
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MEDIAN: $40,572
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Catering Manager Salary (?
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$9.52 - $18.12
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,093 - $53,967  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,186  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
Commission
$0.00 - $11,836  
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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$25,750 - $55,017  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 725
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.52 - $18.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.36 - $5.63  
Overtime
$12.30 - $27.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,186  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,836  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
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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$25,750 - $55,017  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 231
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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. Directors of Catering on average earn $62K per year. Catering Managers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Catering Sales Managers or Restaurant General Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $1K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

Catering Manager Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Catering Manager

Employees of Bon Appetit Management Company can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $48K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $36K to $65K.

Popular Skills for Catering Manager

Survey takers who work as Catering Managers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Event Management, Sales, Event Planning, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.
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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $37K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $41K. Catering Managers see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $46K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$40,000
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With a pay rate for Catering Managers that is 29 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Catering Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), Dallas (+19 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). Philadelphia is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta and Charlotte (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Catering Manager Salaries

National Average
$40,000

Skills That Affect Catering Manager Salaries

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$40,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
80%
female alumni
 
Male
20%
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
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 31%