Catering Manager Salary

The median salary for Catering Managers in the United States is $41K per year, and compared to other cities, Washington offers the biggest paychecks at around $53K on average. Catering Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+31 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), and Dallas (+19 percent). The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$28,746 - $54,789

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$9.62 - $18.61

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,746 - $54,789  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,150  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,745  
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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$25,605 - $55,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 725
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.62 - $18.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.36 - $5.93  
Overtime
$11.40 - $27.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,150  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,899  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,745  
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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$25,605 - $55,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 225
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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.

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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. Becoming a Catering Sales Manager or a Catering Director is a common transition from a Catering Manager role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Catering Manager


Although Bon Appetit Management Company boasts the highest average salary in town at $48K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $36K or as much as $65K.

Popular Skills for Catering Manager


Survey results imply that Catering Managers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Event Management, Sales, Event Planning, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include People Management. Those educated in Event Management tend to be well versed 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 $45K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $46K.

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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

Event Management
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Sales
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Event Planning
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National Average
$40,000

Customer Service
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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 150 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: 66% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 32%
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