Those pursuing careers as Restaurant Kitchen Managers in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $39K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Restaurant Kitchen Managers. Men account for the majority of Restaurant Kitchen Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. The larger part of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, roughly two in five report medical coverage and about one in four claim dental coverage as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$27,312 - $55,195
$27K
$39K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,336
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$9.53 - $15.46
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,312 - $55,195  
   
Bonus
$198.66 - $6,544  
Profit Sharing
$1,525  
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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$21,883 - $52,434  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.53 - $15.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.46  
Overtime
$12.08 - $26.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$198.66 - $6,544  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,525  
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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$21,883 - $52,434  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 81

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Job Description for Kitchen Manager, Restaurant

A kitchen manager is a back-of-house supervisor at a restaurant. Restaurants that offer a more casual fare and atmosphere are typical employers for kitchen managers (versus fine dining restaurants, which generally hire chefs). Kitchen managers are in charge of executing pre-existing recipes and preparations, as well as overseeing schedules, cleaning, and maintenance in accordance with the guidance of the restaurant’s owner or general manager. This is typically a salaried position; however, in smaller, independent operations, the kitchen manager may be an elevated hourly employee.

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Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Tasks

  • Supervise kitchen workers, providing training, scheduling, and standards enforcement.
  • Verify, review, and ensure freshness, quality, and hygiene of food.
  • Develop and enforce opening and closing procedures.
  • Control costs and inventory, reducing waste, and conducting repairs to reduce impact on operations.

Common Career Paths for Kitchen Manager, Restaurant


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Though not the most common occurrence, Restaurant Kitchen Managers sometimes become Food and Beverage Directors, where the average income is $62K per year. Restaurant Kitchen Managers most often move into positions as Restaurant General Managers or Kitchen Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $14K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen Manager, Restaurant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $29K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $30K. For Restaurant Kitchen Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary 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.

Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Kitchen Manager, Restaurant in Edisto Island:
"Rights."
Do not expect to get holidays, weekends or nights off. Your job is more than just 40 hours a week. Even when you are off, you will be doing something work related. Fielding phone calls, ordering food, or just planning in your mind the next day of business. Take the stress in stride and try to let your sense of humor carry you through.

Kitchen Manager, Restaurant in Madison:
"McDonald's insight."
Pros: I like working for McDonald's cause of the fast-paced atmosphere and how everyone is like one big family. The pay is very nice for a kid my age who is also going to college full-time. Flexible scheduling, extremely nice front-office management and stock-options are my favorites.
Cons: The stress level for a job with this sort of pay just plain old sucks. Some nights I question why I even took my job. Customers can be very rude and being cussed at for other peoples mistakes isn't fun at all.

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Key Stats for Kitchen Manager, Restaurant

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

National Average
$32,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salaries

National Average
$32,000



Inventory Management
up arrow 13%

Scheduling
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 59%
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