Catering Manager Salary

Median pay for Catering Managers in the United States comes out to approximately $44K per year, but employers in San Francisco pay the most, the average compensation in that city is around $60K. Catering Managers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+38 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), San Jose (+19 percent), and New York (+16 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,936 - $60,390
$32K
$44K
$60K
MEDIAN: $44,274
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$10.59 - $20.34
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MEDIAN: $14.62
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$0$60K
Salary $31,936 - $60,390
Bonus $99.33 - $9,906
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $11,335
Commission $1,939 - $18,548
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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$28,818 - $59,907
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 396
Hourly Data $0$31
Hourly Rate $10.59 - $20.34
Hourly Tips $0.49 - $9.38
Overtime $17.37 - $31.60
Annual Data $0$59K
Bonus $99.33 - $9,906
Commission $1,939 - $18,548
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $11,335
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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$28,818 - $59,907
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 179

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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

  • Oversee all catering operations, including inventory, budget, equipment, and special events.
  • Resolve customer service complaints and inventory or cooking problems.
  • 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.

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 Food and Beverage Director. The average Food and Beverage Director brings home $62K per year. A Catering Sales Manager or a Catering Director is a typical transition from a Catering Manager role.

Catering Manager Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Catering Manager


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Catering Managers include Bon Appetit Management Company, Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group, Aramark, and Hy-Vee, Inc. Catering Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Aramark, where the average salary comes to $49K.

Popular Skills for Catering Manager


Catering Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Event Management, Event Planning, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Organizing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Relationship Management and Food Preparation also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Event Management also know Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Catering Manager

Pay by Experience for a Catering Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Catering Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 272 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Catering Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 193 salaries. An experienced Catering Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 166 salaries. A Catering Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 72 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,912

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Catering Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Catering Manager?

Catering Manager in Seattle:
Pros: We use only Fresh ingredients, so my kitchen always smells great.
Cons: Feeling unnappreciated, lack of communication with upper management.

Catering Manager in New York:
Pros: I like the autonomy, the network, making people happy.
Cons: Not challenging, repetitive, upper management not very dedicated.

Catering Manager in Ann Arbor:
"It's chanlageing."
Pros: Meeting new people, making customers happy.
Cons: The pay and support, no office and no bonse for sales no perks.

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.

Catering Manager in Waco:
"Great new challenge."
Pros: Building a part of the business from scratch.
Cons: Random hours. Can be stressful.

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Key Stats for Catering Manager

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Catering Manager Salaries

▲16%

▲11%

▲4%

National Average
$42,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Catering Manager Salaries

Operations Management
▲19%



▼0%

National Average
$42,000


People Management
▼12%


Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▼19%

Organizing
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 41%
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