Food Service Manager Salary

Food Service Managers in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $41K per year on average. Pay ranges from $22K on the low end to $55K per year on the high end. 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 main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. The majority of Food Service Managers (61 percent) who took the survey are women. Most Food Service Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Although roughly a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,064 - $58,314
(Median)
$28K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,276
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$9.28 - $19.88
(Median)
$9
$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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While not commonly seen, Food Service Managers who transition into a Food & Facilities District Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for District Managers of Food & Facilities is $66K per year. Food Service Managers most often move into positions as Food Service General Managers or Food Service Directors; those groups report median salaries that are $6K higher and $12K higher, 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 all popular places to work. Olive Garden Restaurants leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $49K. Food Service Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at Aramark ($46K), Aramark Correctional Services, Inc. ($42K), and Compass Group ($41K).

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., Subway Restaurant Inc, and Aramark Food Services also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $25K, $26K, and $40K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Food Service Manager


Survey results show that Food Service Managers use a fair number of skills. 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, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in People Management and Operations Management. Most people who know Food Preparation also know Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Manager

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $38K. Food Service Managers bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Food Service Manager with more than 20 years of experience can earn $43K on average.

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). Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average.

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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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