Kitchen Manager Salary

The nationwide average salary for Kitchen Managers is $39K annually, but those working at The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. can pull down an average $56K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider T.G.I. Friday's, O'Charley's Inc., and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, top-paying firms where Kitchen Managers rake in a $55K, $49K, or $47K, respectively. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,746 - $53,136
(Median)
$27K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $38,591
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$9.41 - $16.57
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,746 - $53,136  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,755  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,030  
Commission
$0.00 - $4,500  
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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$22,942 - $52,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,488
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.41 - $16.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.21 - $4.04  
Overtime
$12.46 - $24.07  
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 - $7,755  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,030  
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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$22,942 - $52,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 918
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Job Description for Kitchen Manager

A kitchen manager keeps the “back of the house” and kitchen of a restaurant running smoothly and efficiently. A kitchen manager can be in charge of a kitchen in a number of settings such as a restaurant, hotel, cruise ship, or nursing home. One of the kitchen manager’s responsibilities is ensuring food quality. There are many regulations regarding the storage and cooking of food, and it is their job to ensure that standards are met. Kitchen managers are also obligated to ensure that sanitation standards are met. This includes making sure that the kitchen and refrigerator areas are kept clean, food is disposed of properly, and all employees are trained on how to maintain sanitary conditions.

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Kitchen Manager Tasks

  • Maintain the inventory and budget for supplies and materials in a cost-efficient manner.
  • Open and close the kitchen each day, including monitoring supplies and reducing waste.
  • Supervise, train, and schedule kitchen staff to provide quality, hygienic, standardized food.
  • Handle daily operations like payroll, customer complaints, liaising with vendors or partners, etc.

Common Career Paths for Kitchen Manager


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Kitchen Managers may progress into high-paying roles like Executive Chef, where median compensation is $53K annually. It is not unusual for a Kitchen Manager to become a Restaurant General Manager or a Sous Chef.

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Popular Skills for Kitchen Manager


Kitchen Managers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Inventory Control, Scheduling, People Management, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Operations Management, cooking, and Customer Service. The majority of those who know Food Preparation also know Training.

Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen Manager

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


For Kitchen Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $32K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $35K. Kitchen Managers bring in $37K after working for 10 to 20 years. Kitchen Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $38K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,580

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 32 percent, Kitchen Managers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Kitchen Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+26 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and Charlotte (+16 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 12 percent below the national average.

Kitchen Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Kitchen Manager?

Kitchen Manager in Oxford:
"Kitchen Manager."
Pros: The great people I work with. The atmosphere. An the free reign I have to make decisions.
Cons: The pay rate, stress level of all that I am over.

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Experience Affects Kitchen Manager Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Kitchen Manager Salaries



People Management
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Training
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Inventory Management
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Order Inventory
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National Average
$35,000

Food Preparation
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Customer Service
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cooking
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Operations Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 410 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 53%
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