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Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salary

Restaurant Kitchen Managers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $38K annually. Pay ranges from $22K on the low end to $51K per year on the high end. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Restaurant Kitchen Managers who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to one-half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by approximately one-half and dental insurance is reported by nearly two in five. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,468 - $50,122
(Median)
$26K
$38K
$50K
MEDIAN: $37,597
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$8.98 - $15.36
(Median)
$9
$12
$15
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
$26,468 - $50,122  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,724  
Profit Sharing
$2,948 - $14,243  
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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$21,763 - $51,069  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 523
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.98 - $15.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.55 - $2.58  
Overtime
$11.98 - $23.38  
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.
)
$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,724  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,948 - $14,243  
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).
)
$21,763 - $51,069  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 235
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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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While not commonly seen, Restaurant Kitchen Managers who transition into a Food and Beverage Director position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Food and Beverage Directors is $61K per year. 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 $45K 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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Popular Skills for Kitchen Manager, Restaurant


Restaurant Kitchen Managers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional 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. Most people familiar with Food Preparation also know Scheduling.

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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $36K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Restaurant Kitchen Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $37K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $38K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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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



Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 48%