Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salary

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 $40K annually. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Restaurant Kitchen Managers. Some workers in this field — a little more than half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by just over two-fifths and dental plans are enjoyed by over a third. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,945 - $53,981
(Median)
$26K
$40K
$54K
MEDIAN: $39,578
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$9.01 - $15.58
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,945 - $53,981  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,096  
Profit Sharing
$8,800  
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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$20,827 - $53,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 188
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.01 - $15.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.65  
Overtime
$7.18 - $25.32  
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 - $5,096  
   
Profit Sharing
$8,800  
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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$20,827 - $53,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Restaurant Kitchen Managers sometimes become Food and Beverage Directors, where the average income is $61K per year. Becoming a Restaurant General Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Restaurant Kitchen Managers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $46K. Another frequent advance is for Restaurant Kitchen Managers to assume a Kitchen Manager role; in this role, workers often earn $33K.

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Survey takers who work as Restaurant Kitchen Managers report a focused set of job 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. Food Preparation and Order Inventory are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen Manager, Restaurant

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


For many Restaurant Kitchen Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $29K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $35K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $38K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $41K.

Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Reviews

What is it like working as a Kitchen Manager, Restaurant at McDonald's Corporation?

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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Experience Affects Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salaries

National Average
$34,000



Scheduling
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 45%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 52%
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