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Food Service Manager Salary (United States)

Food Service Managers in search of top-notch pay will find it at Olive Garden Restaurants, where the median salary of $49K trumps the $41K annually-national average for those in this profession. Aramark, Aramark Food Services, and Aramark Higher Education are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Food Service Managers earning around $47K, $43K, or $41K at each firm, respectively. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Food Service Manager Salary (?
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$27,594 - $58,256
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MEDIAN: $40,636
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Food Service Manager Salary (?
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$9.19 - $20.09
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,594 - $58,256  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,896  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,335  
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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$22,297 - $55,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 855
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.19 - $20.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11 - $9.05  
Overtime
$10.14 - $28.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,896  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,866  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,335  
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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$22,297 - $55,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 463
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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 progression to a Food & Facilities District Manager role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, a Food & Facilities District Manager, an upper-level role, can earn $65K annually. Food Service General Managers or Directors of Food and Nutrition Services are common next-step roles for Food Service Managers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Food Service General Managers is $6K higher on average, and it's $17K higher for Directors of Food and Nutrition Services.

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Popular Skills for Food Service Manager

Food Service Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Customer Service, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Food Preparation and Inventory Management. 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.
Food Service Managers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $33K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $37K. On average, Food Service Managers make $41K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $43K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
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For Food Service Managers, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Food Service Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Orlando (+24 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), Houston (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. Indianapolis and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Food Service Manager Salaries

National Average
$38,000

Skills That Affect Food Service Manager Salaries

People Management
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Operations Management
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$38,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
58%
female alumni
 
Male
42%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

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