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Catering Manager Salary

Catering Managers in the United States earn an average of $41K per year; salaries are particularly strong in Washington, where workers earn around $53K. Catering Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+30 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), and Boston (+17 percent). This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,910 - $54,482
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$54K
MEDIAN: $40,735
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90%

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$9.64 - $18.51
(Median)
$9
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,910 - $54,482  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,638  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,174  
Commission
$0.00 - $14,899  
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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$25,615 - $55,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 722
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.64 - $18.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.42 - $5.87  
Overtime
$11.40 - $27.28  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,638  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,899  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,174  
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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$25,615 - $55,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 227

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Director of Catering. The average Director of Catering brings home $61K per year. A Catering Manager may also move into a role as a Catering Sales Manager or a Restaurant General Manager.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Catering Manager


Bon Appetit Management Company offers the largest salaries in town ($48K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $36K to $65K.

Popular Skills for Catering Manager


Job skills reported by Catering Managers are limited. Most notably, skills in Event Management, Sales, Event Planning, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Event Management indicates knowledge of Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Catering Manager

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


For Catering Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining 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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. 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 $46K on average.

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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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Event Planning
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Sales
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National Average
$40,000

Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 31%
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