Catering Manager Salary

Catering Managers earn around $43K per year on average in the United States, but employers pay the most in San Francisco, offering approximately $59K at the median. Catering Managers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+41 percent), Boston (+29 percent), New York (+20 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$30,566 - $59,813
$31K
$43K
$60K
MEDIAN: $43,284
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$9.95 - $20.54
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MEDIAN: $14.24
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,566 - $59,813  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,779  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,094  
Commission
$1,007 - $19,956  
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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$27,788 - $59,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 409
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $20.54  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.61 - $9.66  
Overtime
$15.00 - $31.01  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,779  
   
Commission
$1,007 - $19,956  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,094  
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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$27,788 - $59,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 174

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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 sometimes assume positions such as Food and Beverage Directors. That role pays $62K per year on average. However, Catering Managers typically graduate to Catering Sales Managers or Catering Directors.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Catering Manager


Catering Managers flock to Sodexo, Inc., Bon Appetit Management Company, Compass Group, Aramark, and Hy-Vee, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Catering Managers flock to Aramark for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $49K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Catering Manager


Survey results suggest that Catering Managers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Lucky workers who know Operations Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Event Management and Event Planning are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 3 percent and 21 percent. Those listing Organizing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Relationship Management and Food Preparation also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Event Management tend to be well versed in 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $37K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $44K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Catering Managers make a median salary of $47K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $48K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,211

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Catering Manager Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Catering Manager

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 83 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Catering Manager Salaries

▲17%

▲15%

▲6%

National Average
$41,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Catering Manager Salaries

Operations Management
▲21%



▲3%

National Average
$41,000


People Management
▼11%

Food Preparation
▼14%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▼18%

Organizing
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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