Front of House Manager, Restaurant Salary (United States)

Front of House Restaurant Managers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $36,878 per year across the county. Pay begins at $23,867 on the low end and climbs to $50,720 per year near the top. 41 percent of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and 45 percent claim dental coverage as well. Women make up a slight majority of Front of House Restaurant Managers (52 percent). The majority of Front of House Restaurant Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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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  
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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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Front of House Restaurant Managers usually experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Restaurant General Manager may bring in a lot more money—an additional $8,492 annually. It is not unusual for a Front of House Restaurant Manager to become a Front of House Manager or a Restaurant Kitchen Manager.

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Popular Skills for Front of House Manager, Restaurant

Survey takers who work as Front of House Restaurant Managers usually report a few specific skills. Customer Relations and Scheduling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 6 percent respectively. Most people experienced in Customer Service also know Customer Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Front of House Manager, Restaurant

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For Front of House Restaurant Managers, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. After five to 10 years, compensation can go from $35K to $37K. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $41K. After 20 years in the field, Front of House Restaurant Managers see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $42K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 20 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

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Experience Affects Front of House Manager, Restaurant Salaries

Late-Career
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$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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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%
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