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Entry-Level Restaurant Manager Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Restaurant Managers is very modest at just $39K annually. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Restaurant Managers — including $6K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $21K to $50K depending on individual performance. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Entry-Level Restaurant Managers making up 53 percent of survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — a little less than one-half lack coverage. On the flip side, slightly more than half have medical insurance and about two in five receive dental plans. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,162 - $49,137
(Median)
$27K
$39K
$49K
MEDIAN: $38,699
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$8.27 - $15.40
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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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,162 - $49,137  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,365  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,106  
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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$21,052 - $50,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,184
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
$8.27 - $15.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20 - $8.30  
Overtime
$11.29 - $22.81  
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 - $6,000  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,106  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,365  
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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$21,052 - $50,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 777

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Many Entry-Level Restaurant Managers can be found at McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., Subway Restaurant Inc, Denny's, Darden Restaurant Group, and McDonald's Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. Entry-Level Restaurant Managers flock to The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $49K lead the pack in compensation. Entry-Level Restaurant Managers will also find cushy salaries at Darden Restaurant Group (+$48K), Chili's Grill & Bar (+$46K), and Panera Bread Company (+$41K).

Considering that the median salary at McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. is a shallow $20K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is less than half of the top paying company's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include McDonald's Corporation at $21K, and Pizza Hut, Inc. where $21K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Entry-Level Restaurant Managers there earn up to $42K.

Pay Difference by Location


Entry-Level Restaurant Managers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Entry-Level Restaurant Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+27 percent), San Francisco (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), and Dallas (+22 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Restaurant Manager Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Restaurant Manager in Washington:
"Stress to the max , overworked 60+hr."
Be ready to give up your life, sanity and adopt a bunch of people as your new sons and daughters. Drama will never stop. Separate your personal life and your me time to stay sane.

Restaurant Manager in Glen Mills:
"Be prepared for a stressful job and long hours."
This is a people driven industry! To succeed you must have a genuine concern for your guests and employees alike and lead with integrity. Make sure your staff shares this mentality and happy guests are sure to follow.

Restaurant Manager in Hayward:
"It's just burgers and beers."
You will work 50-65 hours in a week. You will work every major holiday, if your location is open. Guests will get unreasonably angry with you, the staff and anything else in their direct vision. That is normal, they are hungry. Feed them and cater to their needs, %95 of the time, they will be shaking your hand and thanking you as they exit the building. You will screw up, constantly, for the first 6 months. A mentor of mine always said, "It takes a new manager 6 months to find the bathroom. After that, they will go insane, or quit. Lets admit it, you would have to be crazy to want this job, but it sure has it's benefits." Don't get a collage degree in Restaurant Management. It is not necessary, and the knowledge you will bring to the table will only distract you from what you should actually be learning. Know the food! If your food knowledge can outstrip the Kitchen Managers, you will be an All Star. Most of all, remember: "It's just burgers and beers.".

Restaurant Manager in Stuart:
"Plenty Of Responsibility And A Willingness To Do More."
You must have a will to always do more and not necessarily be recognized for all of your efforts, while praising, training, assisting others without complaint. To excel one must go above and beyond to prove their worth and build a good team.

Restaurant Manager in Mobile:
"Stress Involved."
Have a good team. Create loyalty and dedication and do not let people use you. Do not become the 7 day 24 hour on call person. This creates extreme stress in a non-stressful job. It is very rewarding to know you can make someones day with so little effort, if you love what you do. You eat with your eyes first and it is your job to create works of art.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Restaurant Manager Salaries

Payroll Administration
up arrow 17%


Scheduling
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Customer Relations
up arrow 1%

Inventory Management
up arrow 1%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
0%

National Average
$36,000

Training
up arrow 1%

Leadership
up arrow 1%

Order Inventory
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Employee Relations
up arrow 3%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 9%


Inventory Control
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 523 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 46%
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