Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salary (United States)

Restaurant Kitchen Managers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $35,186 per year across the county. Pay begins at $22,090 on the low end and climbs to $50,864 per year near the top. While about half report receiving no health benefits, 50 percent do receive medical coverage, and 39 percent have dental, as well. Making up 78 percent of the field, male Restaurant Kitchen Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most Restaurant Kitchen Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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  
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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  
PayScale
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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Though it's uncommon, some Restaurant Kitchen Managers move into roles as Food and Beverage Directors, bringing in an extra $25K per year. Going from Restaurant Kitchen Manager to Restaurant General Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are bigger by $10,185. Many others choose to work as Kitchen Managers, where pay actually goes down by $2,575.

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Popular Skills for Kitchen Manager, Restaurant

Survey takers who work as Restaurant Kitchen Managers typically report just a few professional skills. Scheduling and Food Preparation, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. 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.
In most cases, Restaurant Kitchen Managers can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Beginning workers can expect to earn $33K starting out, which grows to $36K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $37K after 10 to 20 years. Restaurant Kitchen Managers who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $37K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about 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 13 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

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Experience Affects Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salaries

Late-Career
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$35,000
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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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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%
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