Dining Room Manager Salary
Dining Room Managers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $41K per year. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half of Dining Room Managers (61 percent) survey participants are women. Most Dining Room Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and around half receive dental plans. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$29,587 - $51,643|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $4,188|
|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).)
|$25,619 - $50,596|
|Hourly Rate||$9.91 - $19.27|
|Overtime||$14.77 - $28.78|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $4,188|
|Total Pay (||$25,619 - $50,596|
Job Description for Dining Room Manager
Dining room managers work in facilities which serve food to customers, such as restaurants, hotel, resorts, large corporate cafeterias, and other settings. They are responsible for ensuring that waiters, waitresses, and bussers are working efficiently, offering excellent customer service, and wearing appropriate uniforms.Read More...
Dining room managers may create work schedules for their staff members and call alternate employees when those who are scheduled to work are absent unexpectedly. They are also responsible for ensuring that their dining room is clean, appropriately staffed, and decorated appropriately. The ability to resolve customer problems effectively is essential in this position, and extensive experience in the food service industry is often required. Dining room managers must also possess food handling cards or certificates, maintain flexibility to work on a rotating-shift basis, and occasionally work evenings, weekends, or holidays if necessary.
Dining room managers must have excellent leadership skills to build strong teams. Some employers require that candidates have a degree in hospitality, food service management, or a related field as well as work experience, while other employers may consider candidates with verifiable work experience as dining room managers in place of a degree. Some dining room managers may be promoted from within a company, and they are always encouraged to stay up-to-date with ever-changing food service trends.
Dining Room Manager Tasks
- Take reservations and plans dining room layout to accommodate predicted numbers of guests.
- Deal with customer complaints about food and service.
- Facilitate communication between the dining area and the kitchen.
- 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.
Popular Skills for Dining Room Manager
Survey results suggest that Dining Room Managers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Training, Training Program Development, Customer Service, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Job Scheduling, People Management, and Scheduling. Most people who know Customer Service also know Scheduling and People Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Dining Room Manager
Pay by Experience for a Dining Room Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Dining Room Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 109 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dining Room Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 82 salaries. An experienced Dining Room Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 72 salaries. A Dining Room Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 36 salaries.
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