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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 $41K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $22K, and the top verges on $55K per year. Total cash earnings of Food Service Managers range from $22K on the low end to $55K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $6K and $5K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Although nearly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$27,954 - $58,152
(Median)
$28K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $40,743
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$9.18 - $20.07
(Median)
$9
$13
$20
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,954 - $58,152  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,824  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,362  
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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$22,311 - $54,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 842
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.18 - $20.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11 - $8.81  
Overtime
$11.66 - $27.71  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,824  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,866  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,362  
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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$22,311 - $54,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 464

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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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As Food Service Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Food & Facilities District Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. District Managers of Food & Facilities earn $66K on average per year. Career advancement for the typical Food Service Manager often leads to becoming a General Manager of Food Service or a Director of Food and Nutrition Services; median salaries in these positions are $6K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Manager


Known for taking on a considerable number of Food Service Managers, Sodexo, Inc., Texas Roadhouse, Inc, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., Aramark Food Services, and Aramark Higher Education are leading firms in the industry. Olive Garden Restaurants offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $49K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Aramark at $46K, Aramark Food Services at $43K, and Aramark Higher Education, where Food Service Managers annually earn $41K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. at $25K, and Texas Roadhouse, Inc where $40K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Food Service Managers there earn up to $45K.

Popular Skills for Food Service Manager


Survey takers who work as Food Service Managers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Customer Service, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Food Preparation and Inventory Management. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $33K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $38K. On average, Food Service Managers make $40K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $43K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Food Service Manager Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Food Service Manager Salaries


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 269 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

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%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 26%