Kitchen Manager Salary

Kitchen Managers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $38K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $23K, and the higher rates verge on $52K per year. Total cash compensation to Kitchen Managers approaches anywhere from $23K on the lower end to $52K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $8K from bonuses and upwards of $3K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Kitchen Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly more than half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by slightly less than one-half and dental insurance is reported by more than a third. Male Kitchen Managers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$26,438 - $52,804
(Median)
$26K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $38,118
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$9.41 - $16.42
(Median)
$9
$13
$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,438 - $52,804  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,835  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,959  
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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$22,989 - $52,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.41 - $16.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $4.80  
Overtime
$12.22 - $24.47  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,835  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,959  
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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$22,989 - $52,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 693
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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 $53K on average per year. A Kitchen Manager often moves on to become a Restaurant General Manager or a Sous Chef.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Kitchen Manager


Dominating the field, T.G.I. Friday's, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., Outback Steakhouse, Inc., and Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Kitchen Managers. Salary cannot be beat at T.G.I. Friday's, where median pay comes to $56K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $41K, and the higher end is not far away at $67K. Other leaders in compensation levels are The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. at $56K, O'Charley's Inc. at $49K, and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, where Kitchen Managers annually earn $47K.

Workers at Texas Roadhouse, Inc, Outback Steakhouse, Inc., and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $40K, $41K, and $47K respectively.

Popular Skills for Kitchen Manager


Survey results show that Kitchen Managers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Scheduling, Inventory Control, Training, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $32K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $35K. Kitchen Managers see a median salary of $37K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location


For Kitchen Managers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Kitchen Managers will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+20 percent), Charlotte (+18 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Portland.

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Experience Affects Kitchen Manager Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Kitchen Manager Salaries


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National Average
$34,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 336 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
31%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 47% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 52%
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