Food Service Manager Salary

The national average salary for Food Service Managers is $41K per year; by contrast, Olive Garden Restaurants pays at a significantly higher rate, offering average pay of $49K. Other big spenders include Aramark, Compass Group, and Aramark Correctional Services, Inc., top-paying firms where Food Service Managers see paychecks nearing $46K, $43K, or $42K. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,188 - $58,518
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$28K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $41,061
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$9.17 - $20.11
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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
$28,188 - $58,518  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,617  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,213  
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
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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$22,392 - $55,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 862
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.17 - $20.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11 - $8.84  
Overtime
$11.77 - $28.81  
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 - $5,617  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,213  
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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$22,392 - $55,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 469
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Food & Facilities District Manager. The latter position pays an average of $66K annually. When Food Service Managers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Food Service General Managers or Directors of Food and Nutrition Services. Those roles pay an additional $6K and $17K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Food Service Manager


Food Service Managers only report a few specific 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. Most people familiar with 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.


For many Food Service Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $33K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $37K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Food Service Managers make a median salary of $41K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $43K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Food Service Managers that is 26 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Food Service Managers will also find cushy salaries in Orlando (+24 percent), Houston (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent. Employers in Indianapolis and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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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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$38,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 249 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
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%
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