Kitchen Manager Salary

Kitchen Managers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $38K per year. Compensation ranges from $23K on the lower end to $52K per year on the higher end. Total cash earnings of Kitchen Managers range from $23K on the low end to $52K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $8K and $3K, respectively. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and experience level are driving factors as well. Male Kitchen Managers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although approximately one-half lack health benefits of any kind, a little less than one-half do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,435 - $52,654

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$9.36 - $16.45

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National Salary 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
Salary
$26,435 - $52,654  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,822  
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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$22,931 - $52,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,198
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.36 - $16.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.17 - $4.58  
Overtime
$12.27 - $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 - $7,822  
   
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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$22,931 - $52,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 715
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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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For Kitchen Managers, progressing to an Executive Chef role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Executive Chef can earn $53K annually. A Kitchen Manager may also move into a role as a Restaurant General Manager or a Sous Chef.

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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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Kitchen Managers. Although The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. boasts the highest average salary in town at $56K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $33K or as much as $68K. Also paying near the top of the field are T.G.I. Friday's at $55K, O'Charley's Inc. at $49K, and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, where Kitchen Managers annually earn $47K.

Kitchen Managers will find the worst pay at Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $24K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $28K, leaving little room for growth. Outback Steakhouse, Inc., Texas Roadhouse, Inc, and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $41K, $43K, and $47K-paychecks on average.

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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Operations Management. For most people, competency in Food Preparation indicates knowledge of Training.

Pay by Experience Level for Kitchen Manager

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


For many Kitchen Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $35K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Kitchen Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $37K. Kitchen Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 43 percent, Kitchen Managers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Kitchen Managers will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+21 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Charlotte (+18 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Portland. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (5 percent less) and Austin (3 percent less).

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Experience Affects Kitchen Manager Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Kitchen Manager Salaries


Inventory Control
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Training
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People Management
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National Average
$34,000

Food Preparation
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Operations Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 339 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
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 47% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 51%
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