Catering Manager Salary

Median pay for Catering Managers in the United States comes out to approximately $41K per year, but employers in Washington pay the most, the average compensation in that city is around $53K. Catering Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+29 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,798 - $54,717
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,695
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90%

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$9.65 - $18.90
(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
$28,798 - $54,717  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,101  
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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$25,686 - $55,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 733
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.65 - $18.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.46 - $5.88  
Overtime
$11.59 - $27.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,101  
   
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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$25,686 - $55,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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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For Catering Managers, progressing to a Director of Catering role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Director of Catering can earn $61K annually. It is not uncommon for a Catering Manager to continue on to become a Catering Sales Manager or a Catering Director.

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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


Catering Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. 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. Most people experienced in 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $42K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Catering Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $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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Catering Manager Reviews

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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Event Planning
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Sales
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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 155 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: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 32%
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