The median salary for Catering Managers in the United States is approximately $43K per year, but employers pay the most in San Francisco, offering around $59K on average. Catering Managers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+42 percent), San Jose (+22 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,359 - $60,449
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$43K
$60K
MEDIAN: $42,826
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$9.85 - $20.42
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,359 - $60,449  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,779  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,295  
Commission
$1,973 - $19,627  
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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$27,198 - $60,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 407
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.85 - $20.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.65 - $12.12  
Overtime
$14.94 - $30.60  
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
$1,973 - $19,627  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,295  
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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$27,198 - $60,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Catering Managers move into roles as Food and Beverage Directors, where pay is an average $62K per year. A more common career path for Catering Managers is stepping into the role of Catering Sales Manager or Catering Director.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Catering Manager


Bon Appetit Management Company, Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group, Aramark, and Hy-Vee, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Catering Managers. 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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Event Planning, Event Management, Sales, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Organizing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Relationship Management and Food Preparation also typically command lower compensation. 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.


Catering Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $37K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $43K. On average, Catering Managers make $47K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $48K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,953

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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
$41,000


Skills That Affect Catering Manager Salaries

Event Planning
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Event Management
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Sales
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National Average
$41,000

Customer Service
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People Management
up arrow 7%

Food Preparation
up arrow 15%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 17%

Organizing
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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