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Food Service Supervisor Salary (United States)

For Food Service Supervisors, hourly wages usually total $12.18 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The majority of Food Service Supervisors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Food Service Supervisor Salary (?
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$25,395 - $59,393
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MEDIAN: $38,424
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Food Service Supervisor Salary (?
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$8.70 - $19.17
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,395 - $59,393  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,654  
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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$19,440 - $51,726  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 260
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$8.70 - $19.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $10.46  
Overtime
$11.58 - $27.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,654  
   
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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$19,440 - $51,726  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 501
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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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There are some Food Service Supervisors — though it's uncommon — that transition into Directors of Food and Nutrition Services, where earnings are typically $55K annually. A common career progression for a Food Service Supervisor is to become a Food Service Manager or a Restaurant Manager. Compared to Food Service Supervisors, the first group earns $6K more on average, and the second group earns $8K more.

Food Service Supervisor Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Food Service Supervisor

Food Service Supervisors report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Food Preparation, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Supervisor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Food Service Supervisors. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $25K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $30K. Food Service Supervisors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $35K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $41K. Just over a half of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around 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 roughly a fifth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$30,000
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Food Service Supervisors will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 52 percent. Food Service Supervisors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+26 percent).

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Experience Affects Food Service Supervisor Salaries

National Average
$30,000

Skills That Affect Food Service Supervisor Salaries

People Management
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Operations Management
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$30,000
Food Preparation
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 172 votes.

Gender

Female
60%
female alumni
 
Male
40%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 29%