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Kitchen Manager Salary

The national average salary for Kitchen Managers is $38K annually; T.G.I. Friday's pays the most in this field, though, offering a median salary of $56K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., O'Charley's Inc., and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, where Kitchen Managers typically earn around $56K, $49K, or $47K, respectively. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,273 - $52,943
(Median)
$26K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $37,870
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$9.45 - $16.12
(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
$26,273 - $52,943  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,675  
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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$22,908 - $52,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,074
National Hourly Rate 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$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.45 - $16.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.30 - $4.94  
Overtime
$11.86 - $24.18  
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.
)
$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,675  
   
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).
)
$22,908 - $52,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 616

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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 who go on to become Executive Chefs may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Executive Chefs is $53K annually. A Kitchen Manager often moves on to become a Restaurant General Manager or a Sous Chef.

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Popular Skills for Kitchen Manager


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Scheduling, Training, Inventory Control, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $31K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $35K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $37K in this role. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $36K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Kitchen Managers, Phoenix offers exceptional salaries, 22 percent above the national average. Kitchen Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Charlotte (+18 percent), Denver (+9 percent), Houston (+9 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Portland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Minneapolis and 4 percent less in Columbus, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Kitchen Manager Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Kitchen Manager Salaries


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$34,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 334 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 51%