Entry-Level Restaurant Manager Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, nearly four in five of Entry-Level Restaurant Managers have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $35,555 per year. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Entry-Level Restaurant Managers—as high as $6,003, $10,000 and $5,051, respectively—each contribute to the degree of variability within overall compensation, ranging from $20,730 to $49,496. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although about half lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and 40 percent get dental coverage, too. Male Entry-Level Restaurant Managers are just a bit more common than females ones, with males workers composing 55 percent of the field. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Restaurant Managers is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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  
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 753
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Dominating the field, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., Darden Restaurant Group, Denny's, Subway Restaurant Inc, and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Entry-Level Restaurant Managers. The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $48,802. Entry-Level Restaurant Managers will also find cushy salaries at Chili's Grill & Bar (+$46,085), Darden Restaurant Group (+$46,085, $46,053), and T.G.I. Friday's (+$41,776).
Known for its small paychecks, Pizza Hut, Inc. actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $19,443—151 percent less than the top paying company. 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, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Dallas also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Restaurant Managers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 30 percent, 24 percent, 22 percent, and 20 percent more, respectively. The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 8 percent below the national average.

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.
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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 Service
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National Average
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 566 votes.

Gender

Female
45%
female alumni
 
Male
55%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

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