What does a Food Service Manager do?

A food service manager is responsible for the operations and daily activities of a restaurant. They are responsible for every single meal that a customer has at a restaurant. A few of the main duties of a food service manager are greeting customers at the entrance, ordering food supplies, dealing with customer issues and complaints, and hiring and training new employees. They also have to create reports that update owners on how the restaurant is performing. Some of the job titles that a food service manager had in the past would be server and food runner.

A food service manager should have five years of experience in the restaurant industry as well as a high school diploma or GED equivalent. One of the most important skills that a food service manager will have is attention to detail. Another skill is organization as the food service manager will have to be able to run a restaurant effectively.

What responsibilities are common for Food Service Manager jobs?
  • Budgeting the weekly expenses of the restaurant
  • Solve any customer complaints or issues
  • Follow all food safety regulations
  • Schedule staff and cover for any shifts
  • Hire and train new employees
  • Set long term goals for the restaurant
  • Ensure high quality food comes from the kitchen
  • Develop a menu for the restaurant
What are the typical qualifications for Food Service Manager jobs?
  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Bachelor's degree or culinary degree preferred
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks at once
  • Ability to forecast supplies as needed
  • Ability to manage a budget
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to give constructive criticism to employees
  • Ability to create restaurant policies for employees to follow
  • Amazing leadership abilities
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Food Service Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$55,009 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$39K
Median: $55K
$78K
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Food Service Manager Career Path

Learn how to become a Food Service Manager, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Food Service Manager
$55,009/yr
Senior Food Service Manager
$47,863/yr
Food Service Manager

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
13%
2 - 4
76%
5 - 7
4%
8+
7%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Food Service Manager Insights

Read what Food Service Manager professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
DebenhamsDebenhams
Food Service Supervisor
Oct 24, 2020

“Some of the people you work with are great and some of the customers are just amazing.”

Maryland Department of Natural ResourcesMaryland Department of Natural Resources
Seasonal Concessions Manager
Aug 15, 2021

“The pay is not great (but what do you expect for a job geared toward students).”

Great Western DiningGreat Western Dining
Food Service Director
Jun 3, 2022

“I received no formal training and what little training I did receive it was a sink or swim mentality.”

Cameron Estate InnCameron Estate Inn
Banquet Manager
Nov 16, 2021

“Pay was good but not worth what you go through!”

Healthcare Services GroupHealthcare Services Group
Food Service Manager
May 26, 2021

“Pay is decent but not great”

TEA TOPTEA TOP
Food Service Handler
Aug 18, 2021

“Flexible schedule good for college students”

Chirba Chirba Dumpling TruckChirba Chirba Dumpling Truck
Food Truck Manager
May 13, 2022

“Good good good good good”

A&W RestaurantsA&W Restaurants
Food Service Supervisor
Sept 12, 2021

“Not worth a good hourly pay”

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Food Service Manager Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Food Service Manager

When working as a Food Service Manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Positive Attitude, English, Attention To Detail, Program Design and Project Design.

The most similar professions to Food Service Manager are:
  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Bartender
  • Server
  • Host

The most common qualifications to become a Food Service Manager is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

Related Careers

Food and Beverage Manager
$48,936
38% skills overlap
Bartender
$32,204
25% skills overlap
Server
$30,428
13% skills overlap
Host
$33,072
No skills overlap

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