Entry-Level Restaurant Manager Salary

Entry-Level Restaurant Managers can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $40K per year. Overall cash earnings for Entry-Level Restaurant Managers stretch from $21K on the lower end to $51K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Restaurant Managers (52 percent) survey respondents. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — half lack coverage. On the flip side, slightly less than half have medical insurance and more than a third receive dental plans. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$28,868 - $51,491
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$40K
$51K
MEDIAN: $40,412
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$8.95 - $15.58
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MEDIAN: $11.28
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,868 - $51,491  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,080  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,000  
Commission
$94.91 - $12,373  
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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$21,357 - $51,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,906
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.95 - $15.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.34 - $5.80  
Overtime
$12.09 - $23.61  
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 - $7,080  
   
Commission
$94.91 - $12,373  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,000  
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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$21,357 - $51,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 962

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Wendy's International, Inc., McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., McDonald's Corporation, Subway Restaurant Inc, and Denny's are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Restaurant Managers. Salary cannot be beat at Darden Restaurant Group, where median pay comes to $54K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $42K, and the higher end is not far away at $61K. Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, and Ruby Tuesday, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Restaurant Managers earning around $51K, $42K, or $42K at each firm, respectively.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $17K to just $25K — but McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $21K. Other low-paying employers include Taco Bell Corporation at $21K and McDonald's Corporation at $22K, though some Entry-Level Restaurant Managers there earn up to $31K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,598

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Entry-Level Restaurant Managers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Restaurant Managers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+37 percent), New York (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+30 percent), and Boston (+20 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 1 percent below the national average.

Restaurant Manager Advice

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

Restaurant Manager in Saint John:
"If I only knew."
Get to know owners if it's a mom and pop restaurant before you take on a title and don't get paid correctly.

Restaurant Manager in Joliet:
"Get it. In Writing."
Before taking a job on salary be sure you know what your job responsibilities are, number of hours expected a week from you, and are there bonuses and salary increases how often.

Restaurant Manager in Parkesburg:
Work hard and be a hands on manager. Care about your staff. Happy staff happy customers. Less turn over.

Restaurant Manager in Toronto:
"I wish I knew more about operations budgets."
Be well rounded in your food and beverage knowledge and learn all you can about areas that are not in your department.

Restaurant Manager in Dallas:
"Love what you do."
Make sure you love what you do. The restaurant business is hard work, not for everyone. Dealing with the public can be very difficult.

Restaurant Manager in Texas City:
"No title."
Be prepared to do good for the group which means to have a team driven focus on all levels of staff.

Restaurant Manager in Burlington:
Feel like being a strong managers include good teamwork and good leadership skills as well as being able to sell food to customers.

Key Stats for Restaurant Manager

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 435 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
76%
5-9 years
20%
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Skills That Affect Restaurant Manager Salaries


▲5%


Payroll Administration
▲2%



Leadership
▼0%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▼0%

Team Leadership
▼0%

National Average
$37,000




▼6%

Bookkeeping
▼7%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 435 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
no benefits
None: 51%