Restaurant Kitchen Managers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $40K per year. Experience level and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — the greater part lack any form of coverage — but roughly two-fifths have medical insurance, and close to one-fourth have dental, too. The majority of Restaurant Kitchen Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Restaurant Kitchen Managers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (67 percent) are men. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$27,651 - $56,313
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$28K
$40K
$56K
MEDIAN: $40,043
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$9.27 - $15.23
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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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,651 - $56,313  
   
Bonus
$195.74 - $6,128  
Profit Sharing
$1,525  
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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$21,527 - $53,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.27 - $15.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.47  
Overtime
$12.16 - $26.15  
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
$195.74 - $6,128  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,525  
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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$21,527 - $53,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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.

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Though not the most common occurrence, Restaurant Kitchen Managers sometimes become Food and Beverage Directors, where the average income is $62K per year. Career advancement for the typical Restaurant Kitchen Manager often leads to becoming a Restaurant General Manager or a Kitchen Manager; median salaries in these positions are $14K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen Manager, Restaurant

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


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $28K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $30K. Restaurant Kitchen Managers see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $39K.

Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Kitchen Manager, Restaurant in Edisto Island:
"Rights."
Do not expect to get holidays, weekends or nights off. Your job is more than just 40 hours a week. Even when you are off, you will be doing something work related. Fielding phone calls, ordering food, or just planning in your mind the next day of business. Take the stress in stride and try to let your sense of humor carry you through.

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

Experienced
up arrow 30%

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

National Average
$32,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Salaries

National Average
$32,000

Order Inventory
up arrow 1%

Food Preparation
up arrow 2%

Inventory Management
up arrow 13%

Scheduling
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 58%
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