If you are part of the restaurant industry, you know compensation can vary wildly depending on the size and volume of the restaurant and where it is located. Gaining an understanding of the salary range is important to ensure you don’t sell yourself short or have unrealistic expectations. Here we will explore the salary ranges of a couple of common restaurant management positions.
General Managers in restaurants with the following annual volumes can expect to earn salaries in the range below:
- Under $1,499,999: $40,500 to $61,500 (median $50,500)
- $1,500,000 – 2,499,999 to $61,500 $72,500 (median $49,500)
- $2,500,000 – 4,499,999 to $71,500 $83,500 (median $58,000)
- $4,500,000 – 7,499,999 to $79,000 $92,000 (median $64,500)
- $7,500,000+ $70,500 to $103,500 (median $93,000)
Executive Chefs in restaurants with the following annual volumes can expect to earn salaries in the range below:
- Under $1,499,999: $40,500 to $61,500 (median $$58,000)
- $1,500,000 – 2,499,999 to $42,000 to $68,500 (median $$54,500)
- $2,500,000 – 4,499,999 to $54,000 $81,000 (median $67,500)
- $4,500,000 – 7,499,999 to $60,500 $92,000 (median $89,500)
- $7,500,000+ $66,500 to $94,500 (median $83,500)
For more information about salaries in the restaurant industry, see our Hospitality Salary Guide.
Occupational Outlook for Management Positions in The Restaurant Industry.
According to the BLS, there are currently an estimated 305,000 restaurant managers in the United States. Demand for these positions is expected to grow by 5.1 percent between 2014 and 2024. The greatest number of restaurant managers are employed in California, Texas and Tennessee.
Restaurant managers are often promoted through the ranks to executive roles, so don’t hesitate to start at the bottom if you are interested in moving into management. If you are willing to work hard, you can be successful as a line cook or server. Servers or other aspiring front of house workers will also need superb customer service skills.
If you’re setting your sights on the highest reaches of the restaurant career ladder, consider working toward a bachelor’s degree in business or management to make yourself even more attractive to restaurant recruiters.