The average Food Service Supervisor in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $13.10 per hour. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Women make up the majority of Food Service Supervisors (62 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Some workers in this field — more than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. The majority of Food Service Supervisors claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,142 - $60,585
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MEDIAN: $40,371
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$9.45 - $18.34
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$25,142 - $60,585  
   
Bonus
$25.34 - $5,918  
Profit Sharing
$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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$20,948 - $47,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.45 - $18.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.50  
Overtime
$12.91 - $26.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$25.34 - $5,918  
   
Profit Sharing
$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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$20,948 - $47,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 531
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Director of Food and Nutrition Services, where median compensation is $56K annually. Career advancement for the typical Food Service Supervisor often leads to becoming a Food Service Manager or a Restaurant Manager; median salaries in these positions are $6K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Supervisor


Food Service Supervisors flock to Sodexo, Inc., Aramark, Trinity Services Group, Aramark Food Services, and U.S. Army, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. U.S. Army attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $54K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Compass Group, Aramark, and Sodexo, Inc., top-paying firms where Food Service Supervisors rake in a decent $34K, $31K, or $29K, respectively.

Trinity Services Group, Aramark Higher Education, and Sodexo, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $25K, $27K, and $29K.

Popular Skills for Food Service Supervisor


Food Service Supervisors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, Order Inventory, Inventory Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 17 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Cash Handling, Operations Management, and Food Preparation. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know Food Preparation.

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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $27K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $30K. Food Service Supervisors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $35K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $37K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,234

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Food Service Supervisors in Austin enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 48 percent above the national average. Food Service Supervisors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+41 percent), Houston (+28 percent), New York (+22 percent), and Syracuse (+22 percent). Colorado Springs is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent.

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
$30,000


Skills That Affect Food Service Supervisor Salaries

Team Leadership
up arrow 17%


Inventory Management
up arrow 8%

People Management
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National Average
$30,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Food Preparation
up arrow 4%

Operations Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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