$43,426
Avg. Salary

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,013

Profit Sharing

$0.50

Commission

$1,500
Food Service Managers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $43K annually. Total cash compensation for Food Service Managers generally runs between $22K and $54K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and years of experience. For the most part, Food Service Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly one-third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and just over a half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Food Service Managers (62 percent) who took the survey are female. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,535 - $57,735
$29K
$43K
$58K
MEDIAN: $43,426
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$9.76 - $19.94
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$0$57K
Salary $28,535 - $57,735
Bonus $0.00 - $5,938
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $7,190
Commission $1,500
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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$22,608 - $54,670
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,289
Hourly Data $0$28
Hourly Rate $9.76 - $19.94
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $5.26
Overtime $10.45 - $28.95
Annual Data $0$54K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,938
Commission $1,500
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $7,190
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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$22,608 - $54,670
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,010

Job Description for Food Service Manager

Food service managers work in most fields involving the serving of food, including fast food, fine dining, hotels and resorts, catering businesses, and similar business types involving the preparation and service of prepared foods. In smaller settings, they often are responsible for overseeing the work of all kitchen and service employees. In larger settings, they often work with other managers to ensure smooth overall operation of the business or establishment. Generally, the food service manger is concerned with managing the activities of the serving staff, while kitchen managers are responsible for the directing the efforts of those working in kitchens.

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Food Service Manager Tasks

  • Count money and make bank deposits, monitor financial transactions.
  • Schedule staff hours and assign duties.
  • Monitor food preparation to ensure that food is prepared and presented in an acceptable manner.
  • Maintain food and equipment inventories, and keep inventory records.
  • Ensure customer service regarding food quality, service or accommodations.

Food Service Manager Pay By Employer

$0$76K

Sodexo, Inc.
36 profiles
$43,949

Aramark
34 profiles
$47,013

$27,853

Compass Group
17 profiles
$47,200

$46,001

$21,336

$52,759

A'Viands
8 profiles
$36,059

$42,946

$45,317

Common Career Paths for Food Service Manager


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While Food Service Managers do not often become District Managers of Food & Facilities, the job pays $66K per year on average. Typical career progression for a Food Service Manager involves becoming a Food Service Director or a General Manager of Food Service, roles that pay $13K more and $7K more on average.

Food Service Manager Job Listings

Popular Skills for Food Service Manager


Food Service Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Operations Management, People Management, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Food Preparation and Order Inventory. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in Operations Management and Food Preparation.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Manager

Pay by Experience for a Food Service Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Food Service Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 440 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Food Service Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 344 salaries. An experienced Food Service Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 388 salaries. A Food Service Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 237 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,113

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

Home to some of the best pay for Food Service Managers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 32 percent above the national average. Food Service Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Raleigh (+24 percent), New York (+22 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), and Atlanta (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Louisville is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in St. Louis and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Food Service Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Food Service Manager?

Food Service Manager in Mansfield:
"What am I worth."
Pros: Paycheck.
Cons: No support from the higher ups. No help from staff. Undervalued.

Food Service Manager in Henrietta:
"Working conditions, stress level, flexibility."
Pros: Seeing the faces of the children I serve.
Cons: The pay is what I dislike the most about my job.

Food Service Manager in Fresno:
"Exciting."
Pros: The people aspect.
Cons: Hours, schedule, stress and days off.

Food Service Manager in Slippery Rock:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: The flexibility of the job, the benefits, the work atmosphere.
Cons: Working weekends.

Food Service Manager in Catonsville:
Pros: I like cooking and preparing meals, Dealing with the public most of the time. Training other employees, sending food orders in, making life easier for customers to have their meals/snacks prepared for them.Employee's the month get recognised with gift cards for Royal Farms. We are like a family and work as a team.
Cons: Do not feel appreciated, do not get free or discounted meals. Raises are only .25 cents so they say.

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Key Stats for Food Service Manager

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 418 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
21%

Experience Affects Food Service Manager Salaries

▲17%

▲6%

National Average
$37,000

▼3%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Food Service Manager Salaries




▲2%

National Average
$37,000


Inventory Control
▼2%




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 418 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 32%