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Front of House Manager, Restaurant Salary (United States)

Front of House Restaurant Managers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $39K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $24K, and the higher rates verge on $51K per year. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly two in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. Women Front of House Restaurant Managers just slightly outnumber men. Most Front of House Restaurant Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Front of House Manager, Restaurant Salary (?
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$26,916 - $49,896
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MEDIAN: $38,730
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Front of House Manager, Restaurant Salary (?
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$8.83 - $15.42
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,916 - $49,896  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,210  
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $3,500  
Commission
$0.00 - $4,966  
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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$23,867 - $50,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 666
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.83 - $15.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.04 - $10.56  
Overtime
$9.75 - $22.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,210  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,966  
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $3,500  
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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$23,867 - $50,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 204
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Job Description for Front of House Manager, Restaurant

In the broadest terms, sit-down restaurants traditionally divide the areas of responsibility between “back of house” (the areas guests don’t normally view, typically including the kitchen, dishwashing area, storage, and receiving) and “front of house” (the dining room, lobby, and lounge or bar). A restaurant front of house manager oversees functions and employees in the front of the house.
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Front of House Manager, Restaurant Tasks
  • Ensure compliance with safety and health regulations.
  • Hire, train, and supervise front of house staff, making sure they meet customer service and sales objectives.
  • Manage daily operations of the public areas of a theater, restaurant, or concert hall.
  • Oversee preparation of public areas before guests arrive, and maintain cleanliness during business hours.

Common Career Paths for Front of House Manager, Restaurant

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For Front of House Restaurant Managers, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. Usually, an upper-level role like a Restaurant General Manager will earn $45K annually. A Front of House Manager or a Restaurant Kitchen Manager is a typical transition from a Front of House Restaurant Manager role.

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Popular Skills for Front of House Manager, Restaurant

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Front of House Restaurant Managers who took the survey. Customer Relations and Scheduling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 6 percent respectively. Most people who know Customer Service also know Customer Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Front of House Manager, Restaurant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Front of House Restaurant Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $35K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $37K. Front of House Restaurant Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $41K. Front of House Restaurant Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $42K on average. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

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Experience Affects Front of House Manager, Restaurant Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$37,000

Skills That Affect Front of House Manager, Restaurant Salaries

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$37,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 182 votes.

Gender

Female
52%
female alumni
 
Male
48%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 41%