Catering Manager Salary

Catering Managers earn around $41K per year on average in the United States, but employers pay the most in Washington, offering approximately $53K at the median. Catering Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+29 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$28,940 - $54,602
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,741
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$9.66 - $18.51
(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
$28,940 - $54,602  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,175  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,745  
Commission
$0.00 - $14,865  
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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$25,665 - $55,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 736
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.66 - $18.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.46 - $5.88  
Overtime
$12.00 - $27.27  
National Annualized 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$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,175  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,865  
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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$25,665 - $55,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 232
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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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Catering Managers who transition into a Director of Catering role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $62K per year. A Catering Manager may also move into a role as a Catering Sales Manager or a Restaurant General Manager.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Catering Manager


For Catering Managers, comfortable salaries can be found at Bon Appetit Management Company; in fact, average earnings are around $48K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($36K versus $65K) is great.

Popular Skills for Catering Manager


Survey results suggest that Catering Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Event Management, Event Planning, Sales, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include People Management. Most people 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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. Catering Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $46K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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

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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 159 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: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 32%
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