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Restaurant / Food Service Manager

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Restaurant or Food Service Manager oversees daily operations at a restaurant or an institution that serves meals such as a college or hospital. Hires, trains and supervises food service workers, manages meal and work schedules, supervises supply orders, food preparation and the quality of food and service, and monitors compliance with health regulations.

Job Outlook

There were 18155 Restaurant / Food Service Manager job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 466538 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Restaurant / Food Service Manager industry, which includes the Restaurant / Food Service Manager career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Restaurant / Food Service Manager jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $55,200.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $53,146.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Restaurant / Food Service Manager postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $45,212.

Education and Experience

Posted Restaurant / Food Service Manager jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree7.36%
Bachelor's Degree14.03%
Master's Degree0.55%
Doctoral Degree0.08%
Other30.15%

Posted Restaurant / Food Service Manager jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years65.6%
3 to 5 years31.2%
6 to 8 years2.52%
9+ years0.68%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Restaurant / Food Service Manager positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Customer Service (44.2%)
  • Management (40.02%)
  • Operations (38.51%)
  • Sales (32.15%)
  • Communication (28.73%)
  • Leadership (28.62%)
  • Cleanliness (18.9%)
  • Sanitation (14.79%)
  • Scheduling (14.5%)
  • Coaching (14.14%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Restaurant Management (26.48%)
  • Restaurant Operation (73.11%)
  • Profit And Loss (P&L) Management (13.53%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Food Services (16.24%)
  • Food Safety And Sanitation (22.58%)
  • Food Preparation (8.49%)
  • Inventory Management (9.04%)
  • Marketing (17.98%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Food Quality Assurance And Control (6.49%)
  • Cost Control (7.28%)
  • Cash Control (5.43%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Cost Control (36.81%)
  • Profit And Loss (P&L) Management (68.39%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Restaurant / Food Service Manager skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • General Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Assistant General Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Shift Manager
  • Restaurant General Manager
  • Assistant Restaurant Manager
  • Manager
  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Kitchen Manager

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Restaurant / Food Service Manager jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Domino's Pizza (18795)
  • Taco Bell (18254)
  • Pizza Hut (13389)
  • Arby's (12577)
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken (10787)
  • Sonic Drive-In (7953)
  • Burger King (7949)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings (6870)
  • Wendy's (6092)
  • McDonald's (5624)

North Carolina

  • Domino's Pizza (853)
  • Arby's (789)
  • Burger King (626)
  • Cook Out Restaurants (478)
  • Taco Bell (474)
  • Pizza Hut (461)
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken (443)
  • Food Lion (353)
  • Biscuitville (316)
  • Bojangles (262)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!