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Food Service Manager Salary Information

The salary statistics of food service managers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of food service managers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The food service managers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Food Service Manager Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29,290
25th Percentile Wage
$38,260
50th Percentile Wage
$50,820
75th Percentile Wage
$66,990
90th Percentile Wage
$87,120

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for food service managers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) food service managers is $87,120. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,820. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,290. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 197% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of food service managers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201650,8204.19%5.63%
201548,6900.27%-
201448,5600.99%-
201348,0800.25%-
201247,960--

Table 2. Food Service Manager Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of food service managers in 15 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for food service managers occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $70,150. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $49,360).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$70,150
Wholesale Trade
$69,640
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$68,390
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$64,050
Transportation and Warehousing
$63,150
Health Care and Social Assistance
$59,210
Educational Services
$58,680
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$58,570
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$57,250
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$54,820
Federal, State, and Local Government
$53,780
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$52,150
Manufacturing
$50,670
Accommodation and Food Services
$49,530
Retail Trade
$49,360

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Food Service Managers by States

From the above tables we note that not only food service managers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of food service managers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $27,900 to $71,980. The highest paying state for food service managers is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $71,980. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $27,900. For more salary information of food service managers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New Jersey
$71,980
Rhode Island
$68,850
Florida
$64,610
New York
$63,690
Nevada
$61,990
Delaware
$61,650
District of Columbia
$60,950
Connecticut
$60,440
Alabama
$60,410
Massachusetts
$60,390
Maryland
$60,210
Virginia
$58,960
Colorado
$58,290
North Carolina
$56,810
Alaska
$55,740
Texas
$55,620
Illinois
$55,590
Vermont
$55,500
Hawaii
$55,340
Washington
$54,550
New Hampshire
$54,040
Pennsylvania
$53,720
South Dakota
$52,360
Michigan
$52,030
Maine
$51,930
Arizona
$51,640
Wyoming
$50,430
Minnesota
$50,090
Ohio
$49,970
Louisiana
$49,810
North Dakota
$49,560
West Virginia
$47,580
Indiana
$47,490
California
$46,850
Oregon
$46,770
Nebraska
$46,430
Montana
$45,640
Kentucky
$45,300
Oklahoma
$44,760
Missouri
$44,570
Mississippi
$44,540
Wisconsin
$43,970
Arkansas
$43,850
Georgia
$43,450
South Carolina
$42,890
Kansas
$42,660
New Mexico
$41,810
Utah
$41,470
Tennessee
$39,600
Iowa
$38,410
Virgin Islands
$37,520
Idaho
$36,330
Guam
$30,790
Puerto Rico
$27,900


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