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Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salary (United States)

It's impossible to make it big as a Restaurant Kitchen Managers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $38K annually. Earnings generally vary between $22K and $51K per year. While approximately one-half report receiving no health benefits, around half do receive medical coverage, and nearly two in five have dental, as well. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Restaurant Kitchen Managers. For the most part, Restaurant Kitchen Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salary (?
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$26,986 - $49,869
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MEDIAN: $37,747
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Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salary (?
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$8.87 - $15.21
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,986 - $49,869  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,834  
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $14,000  
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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$22,090 - $50,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 605
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.87 - $15.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.56 - $2.58  
Overtime
$11.99 - $22.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,834  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $14,000  
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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$22,090 - $50,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 266
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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. Typical 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 $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

Typical 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. Scheduling and Food Preparation as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. The majority of those who know 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.
For Restaurant Kitchen Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $32K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $36K. Restaurant Kitchen Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $37K. Restaurant Kitchen Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $37K on average. A majority of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining one-eighth.

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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
Order Inventory
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Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 125 votes.

Gender

Female
22%
female alumni
 
Male
78%
male alumni

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: 28% employee benefits None: 48%