Salary for Food Service Managers

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Also known as:  Banquet Director, Banquet Manager, Cafeteria Director, Food and Beverage Manager, Food Service Director, Food Service Manager, Restaurant General Manager, Tavern Operator helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Food service managers are responsible for the entire chain of food service delivery, from preparation to the client's consumption of a quality product. They establish budgets, hire, train, and fire employees, sample dishes for quality control, address customer complaints, and manage the financial aspects of the business as well. In larger restaurants, facilities or fine dining establishments, their duties may be limited to coordinating front of the house staff and ensuring quality customer service. Food service managers working in fast food or causal dining may on occasion fill in for missing employees or help during busier hours. the education necessary for this position depends on the type of establishment, and the philosophy of the business or enterprise. Some fine dining, hotel, and school facilities may require degrees in Food Science, Hospitality, Nutrition or other related fields. However, the majority of food service manager positions only require a high school diploma. All food service managers are expected to have several years of experience working in the food service industry.

A Food Service Manager earns a pay level between $33,880 to $94,770 depending on education and experience. usually get an average wage of sixty-one thousand dollars on an annual basis.

can receive the best pay in New Jersey, where they can receive normal pay levels of close to $87,730. Employees who work in this career are compensated highest in Transportation and Warehousing, where they receive average pay levels of $80,830.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 38.17 percent nationwide in that time.


Food Service Managers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Transportation and Warehousing
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Health Care and Social Assistance
Wholesale Trade

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Retail Trade
Accommodation and Food Services
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Public Administration
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
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