Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Restaurant Kitchen Managers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $38K per year. Earnings sit near $21K on the lower side but can approach $52K per year on the higher side. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately half lack coverage. On the flip side, about one-half have medical insurance and roughly two-fifths receive dental plans. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Male Restaurant Kitchen Managers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,291 - $51,161
(Median)
$26K
$38K
$51K
MEDIAN: $37,942
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$8.96 - $15.58
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,291 - $51,161  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,953  
Profit Sharing
$1,600 - $14,483  
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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$21,306 - $51,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 402
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.96 - $15.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25 - $2.47  
Overtime
$12.16 - $23.95  
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 - $6,953  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,600 - $14,483  
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).
)
$21,306 - $51,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 194

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Kitchen Manager, Restaurant


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It's not very common for Restaurant Kitchen Managers to move on to become Food and Beverage Directors. Average pay for a Food and Beverage Director is $61K annually. A Restaurant General Manager role is the most common promotion for Restaurant Kitchen Managers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $46K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Restaurant Kitchen Managers is a Kitchen Manager position, where earnings are usually $33K.

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Restaurant Kitchen Managers usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Order Inventory, Food Preparation, and Scheduling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those listing Scheduling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Food Preparation and Order Inventory also typically command lower compensation. It is not unusual for someone who knows Food Preparation to be familiar with Order Inventory as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen Manager, Restaurant

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $31K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $36K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Restaurant Kitchen Managers make a median salary of $38K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $39K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salaries

National Average
$35,000

Order Inventory
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Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 48%