Kitchen Manager Salary

The national average salary for Kitchen Managers is $41K per year; by contrast, The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. pays at a significantly higher rate, offering average pay of $57K. Soaring salaries can also be found at T.G.I. Friday's, Logan's Roadhouse Inc., and Bonefish Grill, where earnings of $51K, $49K, or $49K are standard for Kitchen Managers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,447 - $54,035
$28K
$41K
$54K
MEDIAN: $40,622
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$9.90 - $17.10
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$17
MEDIAN: $13.01
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$0$54K
Salary $28,447 - $54,035
Bonus $0.00 - $8,257
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $3,000
Commission $2,000
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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$23,322 - $52,977
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,193
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $9.90 - $17.10
Hourly Tips $0.21 - $4.55
Overtime $13.84 - $24.48
Annual Data $0$52K
Bonus $0.00 - $8,257
Commission $2,000
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).
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$23,322 - $52,977
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 983

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Kitchen Manager


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At the upper end, Kitchen Managers who move into an Executive Chef role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Executive Chefs is a much higher $54K per year. Typical career progression for a Kitchen Manager involves becoming a Restaurant General Manager or a Restaurant Manager, roles that pay $11K more and $4K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Kitchen Manager


Survey results imply that Kitchen Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Scheduling, Menu Planning, chef, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cook, Customer Service, and Team Leadership. Most people experienced in Food Preparation also know Training.

Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen Manager

Pay by Experience for a Kitchen Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Kitchen Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 864 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Kitchen Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 742 salaries. An experienced Kitchen Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 726 salaries. A Kitchen Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 279 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,989

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Kitchen Managers, 36 percent higher than the national average. Kitchen Managers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+25 percent), Austin (+24 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), and Dallas (+20 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 3 percent.

Kitchen Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Kitchen Manager?

Kitchen Manager in Suwanee:
"As a kitchen manager you control all aspects of the kitchen."
Pros: That I am able to create an environment and product that is satisfactory to guest and employees.
Cons: When you have to let good people go based on not being capable of fulfilling requirements of job description.

Kitchen Manager in Frederick:
Pros: Some of the co workers I like, that's it.
Cons: I am over worked and underpaid, I control everything in the kitchen. I also run the kitchen line by myself, prep all stations, and do dishes.

Kitchen Manager in Canton:
"Cooking."
Pros: Learning new things.
Cons: Bad employees.

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.

Kitchen Manager in Dresden:
"Good."
Pros: Meeting different people and to severing them good food.
Cons: My employee don't care about the work place or to help make a better place for are comsumers.

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Key Stats for Kitchen Manager

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 420 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Kitchen Manager Salaries

▲12%

▲5%

▲1%

National Average
$35,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Kitchen Manager Salaries

▲9%

Menu Planning
▲9%

chef
▲8%



Job Scheduling
▲3%




▲1%

National Average
$35,000

cooking
▼1%


Team Leadership
▼7%

Cook
▼9%

Customer Service
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 420 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
no benefits
None: 58%
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