Entry-Level Restaurant Manager Salary (United States)

With more than three-quarters of Entry-Level Restaurant Managers reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $35,555 annually. In the world of Entry-Level Restaurant Managers, total cash compensation ranges from $25,910 on the lower end to $48,458 on the higher end; this includes bonuses that peak near $6,003 and profit sharing that approaches $10,000, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $5,051. The particular firm and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by 40 percent. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 55 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level Restaurant Manager Salary (?
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$25,910 - $48,458
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MEDIAN: $38,068
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Entry-Level Restaurant Manager Salary (?
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$8.13 - $15.23
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,910 - $48,458  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,003  
Profit Sharing
$29.48 - $10,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,051  
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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$20,730 - $49,496  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,169
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.13 - $15.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.19 - $9.69  
Overtime
$11.10 - $22.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,003  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,051  
Profit Sharing
$29.48 - $10,000  
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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$20,730 - $49,496  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 753
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Restaurant Manager

McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., Darden Restaurant Group, Denny's, Subway Restaurant Inc, and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Entry-Level Restaurant Managers. The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $48,802. Chili's Grill & Bar, Darden Restaurant Group, and T.G.I. Friday's are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Restaurant Managers earning around $46,085, $46,053, or $41,776 at each firm, respectively.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Pizza Hut, Inc., where the median salary is just $19,443—151 percent lower than the top payer. Other low-paying employers include McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. at $20,430 and McDonald's Corporation at $21,262, though some Entry-Level Restaurant Managers there earn up to $42K.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Entry-Level Restaurant Managers, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Dallas, where Entry-Level Restaurant Managers annually earn 30 percent, 24 percent, 22 percent, and 20 percent more than the national average. With compensation 8 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 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.
Restaurant Manager in New York:
"The Late Hours."
Find an employer and a boss that you really believe in and who believes in you.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Restaurant Manager Salaries

Payroll Administration
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Leadership
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Customer Relations
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Customer Service
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National Average
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Gender

Female
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Male
55%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 53% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 46%
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