Food Service Supervisor Salary
Food Service Supervisors in the United States pull down an average of $13.12 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though the particular city and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Some workers in this field — more than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by over one-half. The majority of Food Service Supervisors (64 percent) who took the survey are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$25,478 - $60,310|
|Bonus||$25.76 - $5,817|
|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).)
|$20,927 - $46,246|
|Hourly Rate||$9.50 - $18.34|
|Hourly Tips||$0.00 - $1.44|
|Overtime||$12.98 - $26.46|
|Bonus||$25.76 - $5,817|
|Total Pay (||$20,927 - $46,246|
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.Read More...
A food service supervisor’s main responsibility is to notice areas where execution of standards may be flagging, as well as offer assistance and/or ask other employees to help. In cases where the lack of performance is persistent, the supervisor must take that situation to higher management to assess and resolve. The food service supervisor may also have routine duties related to helping other employees (such as performing discounts and voids on guest checks) during a shift. The supervisor may also check scheduled cleaning and sidework performed by servers, bussers, or bartenders at the end of shifts.
Additionally, the food service supervisor is frequently asked to help assist with the training of new hires. This may involve orientation, as well as practical training where a new employee "shadows" the supervisor. If the training involves testing, the supervisor may administer these examinations. In some situations, the supervisor may also be given some responsibility over scheduling as well.
To work as a food service supervisor, a person typically must have extensive experience in the industry in more entry-level positions. Many hotels and restaurants that hire for this position prefer to hire from within. This is typically an hourly position at a higher pay rate than other employees.
Food Service Supervisor Tasks
- Place orders for food and supplies.
- Prepare the production and service documents as required.
- Check deliveries and taking inventory on a weekly basis.
- Supervise food service employees and assist in the preparation and serving of meals.
Common Career Paths for Food Service Supervisor
Food Service Supervisors' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Director of Food and Nutrition Services. The average Director of Food and Nutrition Services brings home $56K per year. Typical career progression for a Food Service Supervisor involves becoming a Food Service Manager or a Restaurant Manager, roles that pay $6K more and $9K more on average.
Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Supervisor
Leading companies who hire large numbers of Food Service Supervisors include Sodexo, Inc., Aramark, Trinity Services Group, Aramark Food Services, and Morrison Healthcare. U.S. Army leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $54K. Compass Group, Morrison Healthcare, and Aramark also offer top salaries for Food Service Supervisors. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $34K, $32K, and $30K, respectively.
Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Aramark Corporation ($26K), Aramark Higher Education ($27K), and Aramark Food Services ($29K).
Popular Skills for Food Service Supervisor
Survey results show that Food Service Supervisors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, Operations Management, Inventory Management, and Order Inventory are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cash Handling and Food Preparation. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in Food Preparation.
Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Supervisor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $27K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $30K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $34K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $36K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Food Service Supervisors that is 41 percent greater than the national average, Austin offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Food Service Supervisors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+36 percent), Houston (+28 percent), Indianapolis (+24 percent), and Syracuse (+22 percent). The lowest-paying market is Louisville, which sits 14 percent below the national average.
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