Food Service Manager Salary (United States)

Food Service Managers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation in this field is $37,324 annually. Compensation ranges from $21,971 on the low end to $54,828 per year on the high end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by geography and years of experience. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, 27 percent are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by around two-thirds and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Women make up a slight majority of Food Service Managers (57 percent). For the most part, Food Service Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Food Service Manager Salary (?
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$27,157 - $57,758
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Food Service Manager Salary (?
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$9.11 - $19.92
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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  
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  
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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Food Service Managers' salaries may rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a Food & Facilities District Manager may get paid an extra $28K per year. 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 among the top companies that take on many Food Service Managers. The most lucrative gig in town can be found at Olive Garden Restaurants, where the average salary is $49,345. Other big spenders include Aramark Food Services, Aramark Higher Education, and Sodexo, Inc., top-paying firms where Food Service Managers see paychecks nearing $43,177, $40,817, or $39,805.
McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. pays significantly less than competing companies with a median salary of $20,925, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Employees at Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., Texas Roadhouse, Inc, and Sodexo, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $24,077, $39,034, and $39,805.

Popular Skills for Food Service Manager

Food Service Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. People Management and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 3 percent respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Inventory Management and Food Preparation. Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well-versed 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.
In most cases, Food Service Managers can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Starting out, salaries fall in the $33K range but grow to $37K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $40K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Food Service Managers at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $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 about one-fifth. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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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. San Francisco, Orlando, Houston, and Los Angeles are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Food Service Managers earning around 26 percent, 26 percent, 19 percent, and 19 percent more than average. With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Indianapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Austin (-6 percent) and Dallas (-2 percent).

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Experience Affects Food Service Manager Salaries

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$37,000

Skills That Affect Food Service Manager Salaries

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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%