Food Service Manager Salary (United States)

Pay for Food Service Managers in the United States is very modest at just $37,324 per year. Pay ranges from $21,971 on the low end to $54,828 per year on the higher side. Overall cash allowance, which can include more than $5,887 from bonuses and close to $5,348 from profit sharing—generally runs from $27,157 to $57,758. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and years of experience. While some workers in this profession—27 percent—do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. Most Food Service Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,157 - $57,758
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Food Service Manager Salary (?
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,157 - $57,758  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,887  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,348  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,866  
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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$21,971 - $54,828  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 866
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.11 - $19.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11 - $9.02  
Overtime
$11.95 - $28.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,887  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,866  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,348  
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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$21,971 - $54,828  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 468
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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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For Food Service Managers, career advancement has a positively large impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Food & Facilities District Manager will earn $28K more than someone not as far along in their career. Food Service General Managers or Director Food and Nutrition Servicess are common next-step roles for Food Service Managers moving up in the field, where annual pay increases by $6,786 or $17,656, respectively.

Food Service Manager Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Manager

Sodexo, Inc., Texas Roadhouse, Inc, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., Aramark Higher Education, and Aramark Food Services are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Food Service Managers. Those at Olive Garden Restaurants can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $49,345. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Aramark Food Services, Aramark Higher Education, and Sodexo, Inc., top-paying firms where Food Service Managers rake in a respectable $43,177, $40,817, or $39,805, respectively.
Known for its small paychecks, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $20,925—less than half of the top paying company's rate. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., Texas Roadhouse, Inc, and Sodexo, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($24,077, $39,034, and $39,805 respectively).

Popular Skills for Food Service Manager

Survey takers who work as Food Service Managers report a focused set of job skills. People Management and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 3 percent respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Inventory Management and Food Preparation. Most people experienced in Customer Service also know 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.
In most cases, Food Service Managers can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. New salaries start at $33K and reach $37K in five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $40K after 10 to 20 years. Food Service Managers who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $42K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 27 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 21 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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$37,000
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Food Service Managers will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 31 percent. Also paying near the top of the field are San Francisco, Orlando, Houston, and Los Angeles, where Food Service Managers annually earn 26 percent, 26 percent, 19 percent, and 19 percent more than the national average. Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Indianapolis. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Dallas (-6 percent and -2 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Food Service Manager Salaries

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$37,000

Skills That Affect Food Service Manager Salaries

Operations Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
57%
female alumni
 
Male
43%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 27%
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