Catering Manager Salary (United States)

Catering Managers in the United States are not likely to strike it rich in their field; they only make around $39,535 per year on average. Compensation starts at $25,662 and can reach $55,178 per year. In the world of Catering Managers, total cash compensation ranges from $28,950 on the lower end to $53,981 on the higher end; this includes bonuses that peak near $7,282 and profit sharing that approaches $9,863, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $11,920. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but tenure and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Although around one third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Catering Managers who claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Catering Manager Salary (?
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$9.46 - $17.94
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,950 - $53,981  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,282  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,863  
Commission
$0.00 - $11,920  
Total Pay (?
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$25,662 - $55,178  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 728
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.46 - $17.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.39 - $5.87  
Overtime
$11.92 - $26.96  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,282  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,920  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,863  
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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$25,662 - $55,178  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 241
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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 may enjoy a sizeable increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Director of Catering can offer an extra $22K annually than lower-level jobs in the same field. Catering Managers typically move into roles as Catering Sales Managers or Restaurant General Managers, where they can expect an extra $1,215 or $5,836 per year.

Catering Manager Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Catering Manager

Although Bon Appetit Management Company boasts the highest average salary in town at $48,858, employee compensation still varies greatly—workers can make as little as $37K or as much as $65K.
Hy-Vee, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $41,600. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Sodexo, Inc. at $42,608 and Compass Group where $43,647 is the norm.

Popular Skills for Catering Manager

Catering Managers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Event Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 4 percent more than the national average, respectively. Those proficient in Event Management are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Starting out, salaries fall in the $37K range but grow to $41K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $45K. Catering Managers who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $46K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 20 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 10 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$40,000
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Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Catering Managers, 33 percent higher than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, San Francisco, Dallas, and Los Angeles, where Catering Managers annually earn 31 percent, 28 percent, 20 percent, and 19 percent more than the national average. In Philadelphia, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Charlotte and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -8 percent and -7 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Catering Manager Salaries

National Average
$40,000

Skills That Affect Catering Manager Salaries

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$40,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
79%
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Male
21%
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Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 30%
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