Front of House Manager, Restaurant Salary

Front of House Restaurant Managers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $38K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $23K, and the higher rates verge on $50K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although a majority have medical coverage and just over two-fifths have dental coverage, about two in five claim no health benefits at all. Most Front of House Restaurant Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Front of House Restaurant Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$25,955 - $49,282
(Median)
$26K
$38K
$49K
MEDIAN: $38,095
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50%
90%

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$8.81 - $15.17
(Median)
$8
$12
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
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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
$25,955 - $49,282  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,646  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $3,439  
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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$23,079 - $50,300  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 509
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.81 - $15.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.96 - $10.30  
Overtime
$8.50 - $22.79  
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 - $7,646  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,966  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $3,439  
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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$23,079 - $50,300  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 153

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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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Many Front of House Restaurant Managers move into a Restaurant General Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $46K per year. A Front of House Restaurant Manager often moves on to become a Front of House Manager or a Restaurant Kitchen Manager.

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Popular Skills for Front of House Manager, Restaurant


Front of House Restaurant Managers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Scheduling, Customer Relations, Customer Service, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing People Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $35K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $38K. For Front of House Restaurant Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $41K.

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Experience Affects Front of House Manager, Restaurant Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Front of House Manager, Restaurant Salaries

Scheduling
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Customer Relations
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National Average
$36,000

Customer Service
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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 41%