Front of House Manager Salary (United States)

Front of House Managers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $33,203 per year across the county. Compensation generally starts at $21,201 and does not exceed $47,912 per year. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—about half lack coverage. On the flip side, about half have medical insurance and about a third receive dental plans. More than half of Front of House Managers (65 percent) are women. Work is enjoyable for Front of House Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Front of House Manager Salary (?
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$24,198 - $49,846
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MEDIAN: $35,844
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Front of House Manager Salary (?
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$8.03 - $15.58
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,198 - $49,846  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,868  
Total Pay (?
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$21,201 - $47,912  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 236
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.03 - $15.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.36 - $8.30  
Overtime
$9.50 - $23.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
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$0.00 - $6,868  
   
Total Pay (?
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$21,201 - $47,912  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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Job Description for Front of House Manager

Restaurants are typically divided into two major management areas: back of house (including kitchen, storage, and dishwashing areas) and front of house (the dining room, lobby, and any lounge or bar areas.) The person who oversees the latter area at a dining establishment is the front of house manager.
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Front of House Manager 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

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For Front of House Managers, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. Usually, an upper-level role like a Hotel General Manager will earn an extra $18,560 annually than those further down the career ladder.

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Popular Skills for Front of House Manager

Front of House Managers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Training. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Front of House Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Though Front of House Managers can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Beginning workers can expect to earn $30K starting out, which grows to $36K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $37K. After a couple decades on the job, Front of House Managers see only modest salary growth, with pay averaging $39K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-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 10 percent. Most of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

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Experience Affects Front of House Manager Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%
National Average
$33,000

Skills That Affect Front of House Manager Salaries

Scheduling
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$33,000
Customer Service
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People Management
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Training
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
65%
female alumni
 
Male
35%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 49%
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