Kitchen Manager Salary

Pay for Kitchen Managers in the United States is very modest at just $38K per year. Pay generally varies between $23K and $52K per year. Total incomes of Kitchen Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $8K from bonuses and close to $3K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $23K and $52K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and experience level. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Kitchen Managers who answered the questionnnaire. Most Kitchen Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Close to one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, just under one-half report medical coverage and more than a third claim dental coverage as well. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,428 - $52,704
(Median)
$26K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $38,156
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$9.34 - $16.45
(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
$26,428 - $52,704  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,865  
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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$22,937 - $52,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,172
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
$9.34 - $16.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $4.80  
Overtime
$12.24 - $24.44  
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 - $7,865  
   
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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$22,937 - $52,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 702
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Executive Chef. The average Executive Chef brings home $53K per year. A Restaurant General Manager or a Sous Chef is a typical transition from a Kitchen Manager role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Kitchen Manager


T.G.I. Friday's, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, The Cheesecake Factory, Inc., Outback Steakhouse, Inc., and Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. are all popular places to work. Employees of The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $56K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $33K to $68K. Kitchen Managers will also find cushy salaries at T.G.I. Friday's (+$55K), O'Charley's Inc. (+$49K), and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc (+$47K).

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Texas Roadhouse, Inc ($40K), Outback Steakhouse, Inc. ($41K), and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar ($47K).

Popular Skills for Kitchen Manager


Kitchen Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Scheduling, Inventory Control, Training, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


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. On average, Kitchen Managers make $37K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Kitchen Managers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Kitchen Managers will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+20 percent), Charlotte (+18 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). Portland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent.

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Experience Affects Kitchen Manager Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Kitchen Manager Salaries


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Training
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National Average
$35,000

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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: 51%
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