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Restaurant Supervisor Salary

Restaurant Supervisors in the United States take home approximately $12.16 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $8.99 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $16.30. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Restaurant Supervisors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although more than half have medical coverage and just under a half have dental coverage, more than two-fifths claim no health benefits at all. Women make up a slight majority of Restaurant Supervisors (51 percent) survey respondents. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$27,568 - $62,123
(Median)
$28K
$38K
$62K
MEDIAN: $37,509
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$8.99 - $16.30
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
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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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,568 - $62,123  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,070  
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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$19,905 - $43,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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
$8.99 - $16.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $7.50  
Overtime
$12.09 - $25.12  
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 - $2,070  
   
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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$19,905 - $43,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 320

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Job Description for Restaurant Supervisor

A restaurant supervisor typically works in a food-service establishment below the managerial level. The supervisor - who may also be called a dining room supervisor, head waiter, lead cook, or by another title - works with management to ensure standards of service and food quality are met. The supervisor may also work as a server or cook, but normally he or she is entirely tasked with other responsibilities.

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Restaurant Supervisor Tasks

  • Order supplies, check inventory, maintain budget and deliver paychecks.
  • Oversee food preparation and ingredient sourcing to maintain quality standards.
  • Respond to customer inquiries and requests, describe menu items and price special events.
  • Train, evaluate, mentor and ensure high quality performance from restaurant staff.
  • Evaluate, revise and update menus and prices.

Common Career Paths for Restaurant Supervisor


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As Restaurant Supervisors transition into upper-level roles such as Restaurant General Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Restaurant General Managers earn $46K on average per year. The most common next step for a Restaurant Supervisor is to become a Restaurant Assistant Manager or a Restaurant Manager. The former position pays an additional $2K per year on average, and the latter position pays $9K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Restaurant Supervisor


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Training Program Development, People Management, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Food Preparation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Cash Handling and Order Inventory also typically command lower compensation. Competency in Cash Handling frequently indicates knowledge of Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Restaurant Supervisor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $28K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $30K. Restaurant Supervisors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $32K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Restaurant Supervisor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $38K.

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Experience Affects Restaurant Supervisor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Restaurant Supervisor Salaries

Training Program Development
up arrow 24%

People Management
up arrow 5%

Scheduling
up arrow 4%

Training
0%

National Average
$30,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Order Inventory
up arrow 13%


Food Preparation
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 43%