Food Service Managers in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $42K annually on average. In the world of Food Service Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $22K and $54K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $6K and $10K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Female Food Service Managers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 61 percent of professionals. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,997 - $56,460
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$56K
MEDIAN: $42,226
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$9.31 - $19.89
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,997 - $56,460  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,034  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,787  
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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$21,886 - $53,988  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 682
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.31 - $19.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13 - $3.84  
Overtime
$8.97 - $27.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,787  
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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$21,886 - $53,988  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 449
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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 Directors or Food Service General Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $12K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Sodexo, Inc., Aramark, Aramark Food Services, Compass Group, and Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Food Service Managers. Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $51K. Food Service Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at Olive Garden Restaurants ($49K), Texas Roadhouse, Inc ($49K), and Aramark ($46K).

Employees at McDonald's Corporation, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., and Subway Restaurant Inc can also expect below-average earnings of $24K, $27K, and $28K.

Popular Skills for Food Service Manager


Food Service Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, People Management, Scheduling, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Inventory Control, Food Preparation, and Order Inventory. Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well versed in Operations Management and Food Preparation.

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. During the first five years of their careers, Food Service Managers see a median income of $34K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $37K. Food Service Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Food Service Managers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $43K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,751

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Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, Food Service Managers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Food Service Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+26 percent), Houston (+16 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), and Detroit (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Philadelphia is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (9 percent lower) and Chicago (6 percent lower).

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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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National Average
$38,000

Scheduling
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Customer Service
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Inventory Management
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Budget Management
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Inventory Control
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 179 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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