Dining Room Manager Salary
Pay for Dining Room Managers in the United States is very modest at just $40K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Dining Room Managers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 61 percent. While around two in five report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and half have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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
- 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
Dining Room Managers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Restaurant General Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $46K per year.
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Popular Skills for Dining Room Manager
Dining Room Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Training, Training Program Development, Scheduling, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Job Scheduling and People Management. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know Scheduling and People Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Dining Room Manager
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Dining Room Managers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $40K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $40K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $41K on average.