Dining Room Manager Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Dining Room Managers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $40K per year. Pay ranges from $25K on the low end to $51K per year on the high end. Female Dining Room Managers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 60 percent of professionals. Although the larger part have medical coverage and just over a half have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$28,567 - $51,998

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$9.27 - $19.18

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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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,567 - $51,998  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,118  
Commission
$0.00 - $8,000  
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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$25,023 - $51,479  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 215
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.27 - $19.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.45 - $10.96  
Overtime
$13.42 - $28.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,118  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $8,000  
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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$25,023 - $51,479  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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Job Description for Dining Room Manager

  • Hire, train, and supervise front of house staff, enforce dining room policies.
  • Oversee customer service, making sure customers are greeted, their orders taken, and receive proper service.
  • Facilitate communication between the dining area and the kitchen.
  • Take reservations and plans dining room layout to accommodate predicted numbers of guests.
  • Deal with customer complaints about food and service.

Common Career Paths for Dining Room Manager


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Moving into a Restaurant General Manager position seems to be a popular career progression. Median pay for this job is $46K annually.

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Dining Room Managers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. People Management and Scheduling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 12 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Customer Service and Scheduling are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Dining Room Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $40K. Dining Room Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $42K.

Dining Room Manager Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Dining Room Manager in Vero Beach:
"Office Politics."
It's really all about people skills. Keep your thoughts to yourself until you figure out the few people you can trust; It could be a year or more. Be prepared to be micromanaged and undermined, but keep your cool. Don't sacrifice yourself for the job; It will be seen as you can't get your job done, instead dedication. Be organized and make sure that other people see that you are. If your boss and peers don't actually see you working, it didn't happen. Don't complain that you're too busy; make it look easy. Connect with good people, be it the GM, the chauffeur or the janitor; You will need their help. Treat all with respect, praise them for anything done well, and lift them up. Befriend everyone with genuineness. Listen more, talk less.

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Experience Affects Dining Room Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Dining Room Manager Salaries

People Management
up arrow 12%

Scheduling
up arrow 5%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$39,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 31%
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