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The average salary for an Early-Career Restaurant Manager is $44,682.
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What Do Restaurant Managers Do?

Restaurant Manager Tasks
  • Hire, train and develop all restaurant staff.
  • Create side work assignments and ensure completion with wait staff.
  • Organize and conduct pre-shift and departmental meetings daily.
  • Maintain all reservation systems and book to accommodate business demands.
  • Maintain schedules, payroll and other administrative support to maintain food and beverage cost controls and inventory.
The top respondents for the job title Restaurant Manager are from the companies Denny's, Subway Restaurant Inc and McDonald's Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at Denny's where the average pay is $37,287. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Taco Bell Corporation and Chick-Fil-A Inc, earning around $37,189 and $37,000, respectively. Subway Restaurant Inc pays the lowest at around $24,957. Burger King Corporation and McDonald's Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $30,968 and $31,520, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Restaurant Managers?

Skills in People Management, Leadership and Training are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Scheduling and Customer Service.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Restaurant Managers?

An entry-level Restaurant Manager with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $41,147 based on 166 salaries. A mid-career Restaurant Manager with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $46,848 based on 2,293 salaries. An experienced Restaurant Manager with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,669 based on 2,272 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $50,203.
Employees with Restaurant Manager in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 31.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (22.0% more) and New York, New York (13.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in San Antonio, Texas (10.0% less) and Dallas, Texas (0.8% less).

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