Catering Manager Salary (United States)

Catering Managers in the United States are not likely to strike it rich in their field; they only make around $39,535 annually on average. Pay starts at $25,662 and can approach $55,178 per year on the higher side. The range in cash compensation to Catering Managers (largely between $25,662 and $55,178) includes potential earnings of $7,282 from bonuses, $9,863 from profit sharing, and commissions of $11,920 in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but career duration and the individual firm are influential factors as well. While about a third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Catering Manager Salary (?
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$28,950 - $53,981
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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  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 728
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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  
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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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For Catering Managers, career advancement has a positively large impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Director of Catering will earn $22K more than someone not as far along in their career. It is quite typical for Catering Managers to transition into roles as Catering Sales Managers or Restaurant General Managers, where expected earnings are an additional $1,215 or $5,836 per year.

Catering Manager Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Catering Manager

Bon Appetit Management Company attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $48,858—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.
Hy-Vee, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $41,600. Sodexo, Inc. and Compass Group also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $42,608 and $43,647-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Catering Manager

Professional skills reported by Catering Managers are few in number. Event Management is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 4 percent. It is often found that people who know Event Management are also skilled in 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 is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Starting out, salaries are typically $37K, which grows to $41K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $45K after one to two decades. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Catering Managers encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $46K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five 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 10 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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$40,000
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For Catering Managers, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Catering Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+31 percent), San Francisco (+28 percent), Dallas (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+19 percent). Philadelphia is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Charlotte (-8 percent) and Atlanta (-7 percent).

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Experience Affects Catering Manager Salaries

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$40,000

Skills That Affect Catering Manager Salaries

Event Management
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$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%
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