Restaurant Supervisor Salary
Restaurant Supervisors in the United States take home approximately $12.00 per hour on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Men make up a slight majority of Restaurant Supervisors (52 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Restaurant Supervisors report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — a little less than half — do not have any health coverage, one-half do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
The supervisor's primary role is to supervise the overall functioning of the restaurant. They are the first person to note when employees are struggling, and they step in to help or take other action to assist the employee in successfully performing up to standards. The supervisor may offer suggestions or implement training as well.
The restaurant supervisor may also be given increased clearance with point-of-sale software to void mistaken transactions and help enter promotional coupons/offers that would normally require the assistance of a manager. The supervisor may work as a liaison, helping bring hourly employees' concerns to the attention of management. The supervisor should expect to work weekends and holidays as required by their restaurant.
Most restaurants look for extensive practical experience in supervisor candidates. Many restaurants prefer to hire their supervisors from within after a person has demonstrated competence and willingness to adhere to all standards of the company.
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
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. Restaurant Managers or Restaurant Assistant Managers are common next-step roles for Restaurant Supervisors moving up in their careers; annual pay for Restaurant Managers is $10K higher on average, and it's $3K higher for Restaurant Assistant Managers.
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Popular Skills for Restaurant Supervisor
Survey results imply that Restaurant Supervisors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Training Program Development, Inventory Management, and Customer Relations are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 13 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Food Preparation, Order Inventory, and Cash Handling. It is often found that people who know Cash Handling are also skilled in People Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Restaurant Supervisor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Restaurant Supervisors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $27K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $30K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Restaurant Supervisors make a median salary of $32K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Restaurant Supervisors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $36K.