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Entry-Level Restaurant Manager Salary (United States)

Entry-Level Restaurant Managers may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $38K per year. Overall cash earnings for Entry-Level Restaurant Managers stretch from $21K on the lower end to $49K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. The specific employer and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although over one-half have medical coverage and roughly two-fifths have dental coverage, a little less than one-half claim no health benefits at all. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Entry-Level Restaurant Managers making up 55 percent of workers. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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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Known for taking on a considerable number of Entry-Level Restaurant Managers, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., Darden Restaurant Group, Denny's, Subway Restaurant Inc, and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar are leading firms in the industry. Those at The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $49K. Also paying near the top of the field are Chili's Grill & Bar at $46K, Darden Restaurant Group at $46K, and T.G.I. Friday's, where Entry-Level Restaurant Managers annually earn $42K.
With a median employee salary of $19K, Pizza Hut, Inc. pays significantly less than its competitors (151 percent lower than the top payer). Other low-paying employers include McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. at $20K and McDonald's Corporation at $21K, though some Entry-Level Restaurant Managers there earn up to $43K.

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. Entry-Level Restaurant Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), and Dallas (+20 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando.

Restaurant Manager Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
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.
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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Training
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Inventory Management
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Customer Service
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Employee Relations
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National Average
$36,000
Order Inventory
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Bookkeeping
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
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%