The nationwide average salary for Kitchen Managers is $40K per year, but those working at The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. can pull down an average $57K. T.G.I. Friday's, Logan's Roadhouse Inc., and Bonefish Grill are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Kitchen Managers earning around $51K, $49K, or $49K at each firm, respectively. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,340 - $52,854
(Median)
$27K
$40K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,580
10%
50%
90%

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$9.72 - $17.13
(Median)
$9
$13
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
10%
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,340 - $52,854  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,991  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,000  
Commission
$1,000  
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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$23,032 - $51,610  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,205
National Hourly Rate 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$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.72 - $17.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11 - $3.17  
Overtime
$13.47 - $24.25  
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 - $8,991  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,000  
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).
)
$23,032 - $51,610  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 894
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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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As Kitchen Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Executive Chef, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Executive Chefs earn $54K on average per year. Career advancement for the typical Kitchen Manager often leads to becoming a Restaurant General Manager or a Restaurant Manager; median salaries in these positions are $11K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Kitchen Manager


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Scheduling, chef, cooking, and Job Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service, Team Leadership, and Hiring. Those familiar with Food Preparation also tend to know Training.

Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen Manager

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


Kitchen Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $32K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $35K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Kitchen Managers make a median salary of $36K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Kitchen Managers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $39K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,655

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

For Kitchen Managers, working in the bustling city of Orlando has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Kitchen Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), Austin (+15 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 1 percent, Minneapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks.

Kitchen Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Kitchen Manager at Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.?

Kitchen Manager in Florida:
"Stressful and hectic, but fun."
Pros: Every day is a challenge. From being super busy and in the weeds to be being so slow that you find new projects to tackle.
Cons: My direct supervisor is condescending and overly focused on labor to the extent that it compromises our guests at times.

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


chef
up arrow 9%

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

cooking
up arrow 4%

Menu Planning
up arrow 4%

Job Scheduling
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 3%

Inventory Management
up arrow 3%

Inventory Control
up arrow 3%

Order Inventory
up arrow 2%

Training
up arrow 2%

National Average
$35,000

Food Preparation
up arrow 3%

Hiring
up arrow 5%

Team Leadership
up arrow 6%

Customer Service
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 327 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
medical benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 57%
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