Food Service Manager Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Food Service Managers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $43K annually. In the world of Food Service Managers, overall cash allowance can sometimes include more than $6K from bonuses, causing incomes to vary widely between $22K and $54K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Food Service Managers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 63 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Food Service Managers. Some workers in this field — nearly one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,204 - $57,153
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$43K
$57K
MEDIAN: $43,021
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$9.65 - $19.94
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$0$57K
Salary $28,204 - $57,153
Bonus $0.00 - $5,983
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,904
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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$21,995 - $53,981
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 732
Hourly Data $0$28
Hourly Rate $9.65 - $19.94
Hourly Tips $0.13 - $5.17
Overtime $8.86 - $28.55
Annual Data $0$53K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,983
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,904
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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$21,995 - $53,981
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 556

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Food Service Manager


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Though not the most common occurrence, Food Service Managers sometimes become District Managers of Food & Facilities, where the average income is $66K per year. When Food Service Managers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Food Service Directors or Food Service General Managers. Those roles pay an additional $13K and $7K, respectively.

Food Service Manager Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Manager


Sodexo, Inc., Aramark, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., Aramark Food Services, and Compass Group are top-notch employers for Food Service Managers in this area. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants offers the most; Food Service Managers earn $51K on average there. Aramark Corporation, Texas Roadhouse, Inc, and Olive Garden Restaurants are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Food Service Managers earning around $50K, $49K, or $49K at each firm, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include McDonald's Corporation at $24K, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. at $28K, and Subway Restaurant Inc, where $28K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Food Service Manager


Food Service Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Operations Management, People Management, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Food Preparation and Order Inventory. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in Operations Management and Food Preparation.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Manager

Pay by Experience for a Food Service Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Food Service Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 440 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Food Service Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 344 salaries. An experienced Food Service Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 388 salaries. A Food Service Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 237 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,927

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Food Service Managers, 33 percent higher than the national average. Food Service Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Raleigh (+25 percent), New York (+23 percent), Dallas (+19 percent), and Atlanta (+11 percent). Louisville is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (7 percent lower) and Chicago (6 percent lower).

Food Service Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Food Service Manager?

Food Service Manager in Mansfield:
"What am I worth."
Pros: Paycheck.
Cons: No support from the higher ups. No help from staff. Undervalued.

Food Service Manager in Henrietta:
"Working conditions, stress level, flexibility."
Pros: Seeing the faces of the children I serve.
Cons: The pay is what I dislike the most about my job.

Food Service Manager in Fresno:
"Exciting."
Pros: The people aspect.
Cons: Hours, schedule, stress and days off.

Food Service Manager in Slippery Rock:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: The flexibility of the job, the benefits, the work atmosphere.
Cons: Working weekends.

Food Service Manager in Catonsville:
Pros: I like cooking and preparing meals, Dealing with the public most of the time. Training other employees, sending food orders in, making life easier for customers to have their meals/snacks prepared for them.Employee's the month get recognised with gift cards for Royal Farms. We are like a family and work as a team.
Cons: Do not feel appreciated, do not get free or discounted meals. Raises are only .25 cents so they say.

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Key Stats for Food Service Manager

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 225 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Food Service Manager Salaries

▲17%

▲6%

National Average
$37,000

▼2%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Food Service Manager Salaries




▲3%

National Average
$37,000


Inventory Control
▼1%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 225 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 33%
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