Food Service Supervisor Salary

The average Food Service Supervisor in the United States earns approximately $12.84 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.24 per hour and $18.99. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Women make up the majority of Food Service Supervisors (61 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Most Food Service Supervisors like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,678 - $60,450
(Median)
$26K
$40K
$60K
MEDIAN: $39,573
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$9.24 - $18.99
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$9
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$25,678 - $60,450  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,938  
Profit Sharing
$3,600  
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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$20,552 - $51,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 271
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.24 - $18.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.20  
Overtime
$11.89 - $26.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,938  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,600  
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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$20,552 - $51,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 565
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Job Description for Food Service Supervisor

A food service supervisor works in a restaurant or hotel, ensuring that operations are performed efficiently and properly. Smaller restaurants that do not have the budget for a salaried manager at all hours of operation - or larger restaurants or hotels that want more supervision than their management staff can reasonably provide - are the typical employers of food service supervisors. Generally, this employee has supervisory responsibilities in addition to a regular role such as serving, bartending, or working as an expeditor in the kitchen.

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Food Service Supervisor Tasks

  • Check deliveries and taking inventory on a weekly basis.
  • Supervise food service employees and assist in the preparation and serving of meals.
  • Place orders for food and supplies.
  • Prepare the production and service documents as required.

Common Career Paths for Food Service Supervisor


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Food Service Supervisors may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Director of Food and Nutrition Services. The latter position pays an average of $55K annually. Food Service Supervisors moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Food Service Managers or Restaurant Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $6K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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U.S. Army does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $46K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $34K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $65K.

Popular Skills for Food Service Supervisor


Food Service Supervisors report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Operations Management, People Management, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Cash Handling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Service and Food Preparation also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Supervisor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Food Service Supervisors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $27K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $30K. For Food Service Supervisors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $35K. Food Service Supervisors who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $39K.

Food Service Supervisor Reviews

What is it like working as a Food Service Supervisor?

Food Service Supervisor in Lexington:
"Short end of the stick."
Pros: I appreciate my job for what it is. I enjoy being able to interact with both my co-workers and customers who come in for a cup of coffee. My job enable me to express my creativity and vigor for learning by experimenting and creating new beverages. It's fun and energetic.
Cons: What I like least about my job is that I feel as though I am not paid enough for the responsibilities placed on me. I am a supervisor at my store and manage up to 9 other partners at once. I make plans day by day to hit targets and reduce waste. It is my responsibility to keep track of inventory. All this is fine, but my wages are under 10 dollars an hour.

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Experience Affects Food Service Supervisor Salaries



National Average
$31,000



Skills That Affect Food Service Supervisor Salaries

Inventory Management
up arrow 8%

Operations Management
0%

National Average
$31,000

People Management
up arrow 1%

Scheduling
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Food Preparation
up arrow 4%

Cash Handling
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 157 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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