Food Service Manager Salary

Food Service Managers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $41K per year. Pay generally varies between $22K and $55K per year. In the world of Food Service Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $22K and $55K. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The majority of Food Service Managers (61 percent) who took the survey are women. While nearly one in four report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,064 - $58,314
(Median)
$28K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,276
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$9.28 - $19.88
(Median)
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$13
$20
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,064 - $58,314  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,838  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,096  
Commission
$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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$22,268 - $55,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 971
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.28 - $19.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11 - $8.81  
Overtime
$12.07 - $28.44  
National Annualized 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$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,838  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,096  
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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$22,268 - $55,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 530
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Food Service Managers move into roles as District Managers of Food & Facilities, where pay is an average $66K per year. When Food Service Managers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Food Service General Managers or Food Service Directors. Those roles pay an additional $6K and $12K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Manager


Sodexo, Inc., Aramark, Texas Roadhouse, Inc, Aramark Food Services, and Aramark Higher Education are among the top companies that take on many Food Service Managers. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Olive Garden Restaurants offers the most; Food Service Managers earn $49K on average there. Aramark, Aramark Correctional Services, Inc., and Compass Group are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Food Service Managers earning around $46K, $42K, or $41K at each firm, respectively.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., Subway Restaurant Inc, and Aramark Food Services are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($25K, $26K, and $40K respectively).

Popular Skills for Food Service Manager


Food Service Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Scheduling, and Order Inventory are correlated to pay that is above average. Inventory Control and Food Preparation as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Those proficient in Food Preparation are, more often than not, also skilled in Operations Management. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know People Management and Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Manager

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


For Food Service Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $34K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Food Service Managers make a median salary of $40K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Food Service Managers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $43K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,999

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Food Service Managers, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Food Service Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+29 percent), Houston (+22 percent), San Diego (+22 percent), and Minneapolis (+17 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Chicago is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Food Service Manager Salaries



National Average
$38,000



Skills That Affect Food Service Manager Salaries

Operations Management
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People Management
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Scheduling
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Order Inventory
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National Average
$38,000

Customer Service
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Inventory Management
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Inventory Control
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 254 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

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: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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