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 $40K per year. Although more than two-fifths have medical coverage and more than a third have dental coverage, slightly more than half claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Restaurant Kitchen Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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 (?
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
$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).
)
$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 some Restaurant Kitchen Managers move into positions like Food and Beverage Director (where the average salary is $61K), this progression is not the norm. The most common promotion for Restaurant Kitchen Managers is Restaurant General Manager, a position that typically pays $46K annually. Another standard transition for Restaurant Kitchen Managers seeking advancement is to assume a Kitchen Manager role, where pay is often $33K.

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Survey results show that Restaurant Kitchen Managers typically report just a few 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. Competency in Food Preparation frequently indicates knowledge of Order Inventory.

Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen Manager, Restaurant

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


Restaurant Kitchen Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $29K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $35K. Restaurant Kitchen Managers bring in $38K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $41K, 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
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salaries

National Average
$34,000



Scheduling
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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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