Front of House Manager, Restaurant Salary

Pay for Front of House Restaurant Managers in the United States is very modest at just $38K per year. Pay generally varies between $23K and $50K per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Front of House Restaurant Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. More than two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, just over a half report medical coverage and around two in five claim dental coverage as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,182 - $48,925
(Median)
$25K
$38K
$49K
MEDIAN: $37,681
10%
50%
90%

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$8.93 - $15.29
(Median)
$8
$12
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,182 - $48,925  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,891  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,000  
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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$22,971 - $49,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 435
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.93 - $15.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00 - $10.56  
Overtime
$4.07 - $22.71  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,891  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,966  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,000  
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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$22,971 - $49,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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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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Advancing into a Restaurant General Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Front of House Restaurant Managers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $46K per year. A Front of House Restaurant Manager may also move into a role as a Front of House Manager or a Restaurant Kitchen Manager.

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Popular Skills for Front of House Manager, Restaurant


Survey results show that Front of House Restaurant Managers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Inventory Control, Customer Relations, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like People Management and Inventory Management. The majority of those 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $35K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $38K. Front of House Restaurant Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $39K.

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Experience Affects Front of House Manager, Restaurant Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 7%


National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Front of House Manager, Restaurant Salaries

Inventory Control
up arrow 22%


Scheduling
up arrow 4%

Order Inventory
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Inventory Management
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 54% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 45%
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