Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salary

Restaurant Kitchen Managers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $38K annually. Earnings sit near $21K on the lower side but can approach $53K per year on the higher side. While slightly more than half report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. 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. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,325 - $52,111

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$9.01 - $15.50

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,325 - $52,111  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,167  
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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$21,037 - $52,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 286
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.01 - $15.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.25  
Overtime
$11.71 - $23.45  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,167  
   
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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$21,037 - $52,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 154
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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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Restaurant Kitchen Managers who advance into the role of a Food and Beverage Director are fairly uncommon. Food and Beverage Directors on average earn $61K per year. As Restaurant Kitchen Managers progress in their field, many go on to become Restaurant General Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $46K per year. Another common career choice for Restaurant Kitchen Managers is to move into a Kitchen Manager role. Typically, Kitchen Managers get paid $33K.

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Restaurant Kitchen Managers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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. Employees educated in Food Preparation are typically practiced in Order Inventory, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $34K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $37K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $40K.

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Experience Affects Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salaries

National Average
$34,000

Order Inventory
up arrow 3%


Scheduling
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 52%
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