Catering Manager Salary

Catering Managers in the United States take home approximately $41K annually on average. With bonuses occasionally running north of $7K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $11K, and a few commissions as high as $15K, total income for Catering Managers can range between $26K and $57K according to individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but the specific employer and years of experience are influential factors as well. Most Catering Managers survey respondents are women (78 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although the larger part have medical coverage and over one-half have dental coverage, nearly one-third claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,586 - $56,701
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $41,123
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$9.67 - $18.72
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,586 - $56,701  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,953  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $15,277  
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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$26,403 - $57,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 784
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $18.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.48 - $5.95  
Overtime
$12.00 - $27.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,953  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,277  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,000  
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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$26,403 - $57,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 239
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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. A Catering Manager often moves on to become a Catering Sales Manager or a Catering Director.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Catering Manager


Catering Managers fill the offices of leading firms Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group, Bon Appetit Management Company, Aramark, and Hy-Vee, Inc. Aramark attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $55K.

Popular Skills for Catering Manager


Catering Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Sales, Event Management, Event Planning, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Food Preparation and People Management. The majority of those who know 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.


Catering Managers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $37K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Catering Managers make a median salary of $46K. Catering Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $47K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,399

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With a pay rate for Catering Managers that is 31 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Catering Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+29 percent), New York (+28 percent), Boston (+18 percent), and Dallas (+17 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Charlotte. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (9 percent lower) and Atlanta (4 percent lower).

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

Sales
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Event Planning
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Event Management
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National Average
$40,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 12%

Food Preparation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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