Restaurant Manager

Quick Facts: Food Service Managers
2012 Median Pay $47,960 per year
$23.06 per hour
Entry-Level Education High school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in a Related Occupation Less than 5 years
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 321,400
Job Outlook, 2012-22 2% (Little or no change)
Employment Change, 2012-22 5,000

What Food Service Managers Do

Food service managers are responsible for the daily operation of restaurants and other establishments that prepare and serve food and beverages. They direct staff to ensure that customers are satisfied with their dining experience and the business is profitable.

Work Environment

Food service managers work in restaurants, hotels, school cafeterias, and other establishments where food is prepared and served. Managers at fine-dining and fast-food restaurants often work longer hours—50 or more per week. The work can be hectic, and dealing with unhappy customers can be stressful.

How to Become a Food Service Manager

Most applicants qualify with a high school diploma and long-term work experience in the food service industry. However, some receive training at a community college, technical or vocational school, culinary school, or a 4-year college.

Pay

The median annual wage for food service managers was $47,960 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of food service managers is projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022. Jobseekers with a combination of long-term work experience in food service and a degree in hospitality, restaurant, or food service management will have the best job opportunities.