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Food Service Manager Salary (United States)

Food Service Managers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $40K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $22K, and the higher rates verge on $55K per year. Final cash compensation to Food Service Managers varies from around $22K to approximately $55K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K and $5K, respectively. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Women make up a slight majority of Food Service Managers (57 percent). Most Food Service Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Food Service Manager Salary (?
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$27,157 - $57,758
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MEDIAN: $40,268
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Food Service Manager Salary (?
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$9.11 - $19.92
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,157 - $57,758  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,887  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,348  
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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$21,971 - $54,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 866
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.11 - $19.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11 - $9.02  
Overtime
$11.95 - $28.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,887  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,866  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,348  
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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$21,971 - $54,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 468
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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. Typically, a Food & Facilities District Manager, an upper-level role, can earn $65K annually. 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 $7K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

Food Service Manager Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Manager

Sodexo, Inc., Texas Roadhouse, Inc, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., Aramark Higher Education, and Aramark Food Services are among the top companies that take on many Food Service Managers. Olive Garden Restaurants offers the largest salaries in town — $49K on average. Aramark Food Services, Aramark Higher Education, and Sodexo, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Food Service Managers earning around $43K, $41K, or $40K at each firm, respectively.
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. at $24K, Texas Roadhouse, Inc at $39K, and Sodexo, Inc., where $40K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Food Service Manager

Survey results show that Food Service Managers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Customer Service, and Food Preparation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Inventory Management and Food Preparation. Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well versed in 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $33K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $37K. Food Service Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $43K. Roughly one-half of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up approximately one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than two percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about a fifth.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Food Service Managers, 31 percent above the national average. Food Service Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+26 percent), Orlando (+26 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+19 percent). Indianapolis is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Austin and 2 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Food Service Manager Salaries

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$37,000

Skills That Affect Food Service Manager Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 286 votes.

Gender

Female
57%
female alumni
 
Male
43%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 27%