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Food Service Manager Salary

Pay for Food Service Managers in the United States is very modest at just $41K annually. Compensation ranges between $22K and $55K per year. Total cash compensation to Food Service Managers ranges from $22K on the lower end to $55K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $6K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Most Food Service Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,103 - $58,231
(Median)
$28K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $40,888
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$9.21 - $20.13
(Median)
$9
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$20
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,103 - $58,231  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,575  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,335  
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
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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$22,390 - $55,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 845
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.21 - $20.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11 - $8.84  
Overtime
$8.88 - $28.61  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,575  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,335  
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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$22,390 - $55,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 457

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Job Description for Food Service Manager

Food service managers work in most fields involving the serving of food, including fast food, fine dining, hotels and resorts, catering businesses, and similar business types involving the preparation and service of prepared foods. In smaller settings, they often are responsible for overseeing the work of all kitchen and service employees. In larger settings, they often work with other managers to ensure smooth overall operation of the business or establishment. Generally, the food service manger is concerned with managing the activities of the serving staff, while kitchen managers are responsible for the directing the efforts of those working in kitchens.

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Food Service Manager Tasks

  • Maintain food and equipment inventories, and keep inventory records.
  • Ensure customer service regarding food quality, service or accommodations.
  • Monitor food preparation to ensure that food is prepared and presented in an acceptable manner.
  • Count money and make bank deposits, monitor financial transactions.
  • Schedule staff hours and assign duties.

Common Career Paths for Food Service Manager


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Food Service Managers may progress into high-paying roles like Food & Facilities District Manager, where median compensation is $66K annually. Food Service Managers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Food Service General Managers or Directors of Food and Nutrition Services. The median paychecks in those roles are $6K higher and $17K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Manager


Food Service Managers fill the offices of leading firms Sodexo, Inc., Texas Roadhouse, Inc, Aramark Food Services, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., and Aramark Higher Education. Food Service Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Olive Garden Restaurants, where the average salary comes to $49K. Food Service Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at Aramark ($46K), Aramark Food Services ($43K), and Aramark Higher Education ($41K).

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Subway Restaurant Inc ($24K), Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. ($25K), and Texas Roadhouse, Inc ($39K).

Popular Skills for Food Service Manager


Survey results suggest that Food Service Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Customer Service, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Food Preparation and Inventory Management. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in Operations Management and People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Manager

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $33K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $38K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $41K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $43K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Food Service Manager Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Food Service Manager Salaries


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National Average
$38,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 263 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 25%
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