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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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Food Service Manager Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$82,360
75th Percentile Wage
$62,930
50th Percentile Wage
$48,560
25th Percentile Wage
$38,230
10th Percentile Wage
$29,920

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 $82,360. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $48,560. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,920. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 175% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $48,560 1.00%
2013 $48,080 0.25%
2012 $47,960 -0.31%
2011 $48,110 -0.04%
2010 $48,130 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for food service managers from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 0.89%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 0.25%. We also see in both 2011 and 2012 the salaries had negtive growth.

Table 3. Average Salary of Food Service Managers vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Food Service Managers
$48,560
Funeral Service Managers
$68,870
Gaming Managers
$67,310
Lodging Managers
$47,680
Medical and Health Services Managers
$92,810
Natural Sciences Managers
$120,050
Postmasters and Mail Superintendents
$65,800

Table 4. Food Service Manager Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of food service managers in 15 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for food service managers occupations is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector with an annual salary $61,160. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $45,470).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$61,160
Transportation and Warehousing
$60,750
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$58,860
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$57,980
Manufacturing
$57,340
Wholesale Trade
$57,330
Health Care and Social Assistance
$56,070
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$55,010
Federal, State, and Local Government
$54,000
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$52,840
Educational Services
$52,560
Accommodation and Food Services
$47,720
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$46,760
Finance and Insurance
$46,660
Retail Trade
$45,470

Table 5. 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 $29,560 to $69,670. The highest paying state for food service managers is Rhode Island with a median annual salary of $69,670. The lowest paying state is Guam with a median annual salary of $29,560. For more salary information of food service managers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Rhode Island
$69,670
New Jersey
$66,910
New York
$64,450
Nevada
$60,050
Florida
$58,720
Colorado
$58,150
District of Columbia
$57,990
Virginia
$57,380
Delaware
$56,610
Maryland
$56,160
Alabama
$55,140
North Carolina
$54,830
New Hampshire
$52,750
North Dakota
$52,590
Alaska
$52,570
Massachusetts
$51,960
Arizona
$51,840
Pennsylvania
$51,700
Washington
$50,250
Hawaii
$50,240
Texas
$49,660
Connecticut
$49,010
Vermont
$48,850
New Mexico
$48,710
South Dakota
$47,740
California
$47,590
Wyoming
$47,460
Maine
$47,400
Utah
$47,010
Montana
$46,900
Indiana
$46,560
Minnesota
$46,530
Ohio
$46,250
Nebraska
$45,830
Mississippi
$45,750
Missouri
$45,660
Michigan
$45,210
Illinois
$45,110
Kentucky
$45,080
Oregon
$44,780
Louisiana
$44,700
Wisconsin
$44,590
Kansas
$44,370
South Carolina
$43,680
West Virginia
$43,180
Georgia
$43,090
Arkansas
$43,050
Oklahoma
$42,740
Virgin Islands
$41,920
Tennessee
$38,940
Iowa
$37,900
Idaho
$35,980
Puerto Rico
$29,710
Guam
$29,560


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