Entry-Level Restaurant Manager Salary

Entry-Level Restaurant Managers are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $39K per year on average. Total cash incomes of Entry-Level Restaurant Managers run from $21K to $51K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K, profit sharing that reaches $10K, and some commissions of nearly $10K. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than one-half — do not have any health coverage, nearly one-half do receive medical benefits and more than a third have dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Entry-Level Restaurant Managers making up 51 percent of survey respondents. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,122 - $50,283
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$50K
MEDIAN: $39,323
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$8.44 - $15.35
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,122 - $50,283  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,111  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,916  
Commission
$0.00 - $9,787  
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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$21,227 - $51,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,633
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.44 - $15.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.28 - $7.45  
Overtime
$11.73 - $22.83  
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 - $6,111  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $9,787  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,916  
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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$21,227 - $51,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 989
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Subway Restaurant Inc, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., Wendy's International, Inc., Denny's, and McDonald's Corporation are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Entry-Level Restaurant Managers. Although salaries only range from $39K to just $57K, Darden Restaurant Group still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $48K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Chili's Grill & Bar, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc., and Panera Bread Company, where earnings of $46K, $42K, or $41K are standard for Entry-Level Restaurant Managers.

With a median employee salary of $20K, McDonald's Corporation pays significantly less than its competitors (less than half of the top paying employer's rate). Other low-paying employers include McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. at $21K and Pizza Hut, Inc. at $21K, though some Entry-Level Restaurant Managers there earn up to $41K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,593

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

Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Restaurant Managers, 32 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Restaurant Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), New York (+22 percent), and Boston (+19 percent).

Restaurant Manager Advice

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

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.

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Skills That Affect Restaurant Manager Salaries

Payroll Administration
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Scheduling
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People Management
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Customer Relations
0%

Inventory Management
0%

National Average
$37,000

Leadership
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Customer Service
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Employee Relations
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Order Inventory
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Training
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Bookkeeping
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Inventory Control
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 565 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 47%
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