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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. In the world of Entry-Level Restaurant Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $21K and $50K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $6K and $10K, respectively. The specific employer and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men working as Entry-Level Restaurant Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. While some workers in this profession — just under one-half — do not have any health coverage, a little over a half do receive medical benefits and nearly two in five have dental insurance. For the most part, Entry-Level Restaurant Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,929 - $49,000
(Median)
$27K
$39K
$49K
MEDIAN: $38,568
10%
50%
90%

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$8.25 - $15.37
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,929 - $49,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,992  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,365  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,106  
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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$21,065 - $50,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.25 - $15.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.19 - $8.85  
Overtime
$11.35 - $22.74  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,992  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,106  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,365  
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).
)
$21,065 - $50,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 754

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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Restaurant Manager


McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., Denny's, Darden Restaurant Group, McDonald's Corporation, and Subway Restaurant Inc are all popular places to work. For Entry-Level Restaurant Managers, comfortable salaries can be found at The Cheesecake Factory, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $49K, the highest in the area. Darden Restaurant Group, Chili's Grill & Bar, and T.G.I. Friday's are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Restaurant Managers earning around $48K, $46K, or $41K at each firm, respectively.

Pizza Hut, Inc. lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary less than half of the top paying employer's rate ($21K). Other low-paying employers include McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. at $21K and McDonald's Corporation at $21K, though some Entry-Level Restaurant Managers there earn up to $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Restaurant Managers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Restaurant Managers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+27 percent), San Francisco (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), and Dallas (+22 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 5 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 Glen Mills:
"Be prepared for a stressful job and long hours."
This is a people driven industry! To succeed you must have a genuine concern for your guests and employees alike and lead with integrity. Make sure your staff shares this mentality and happy guests are sure to follow.

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
up arrow 16%


Scheduling
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Customer Relations
up arrow 1%

Inventory Management
up arrow 1%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
0%

National Average
$36,000

Training
up arrow 1%

Leadership
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Employee Relations
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Order Inventory
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Bookkeeping
up arrow 8%


Inventory Control
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 537 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 46%