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What Is the Average Kitchen Manager Salary in 2024?

Discover why the Kitchen Manager position is one of the highest-paying restaurant jobs, what you should know about Kitchen manager salaries and tips for earning more in kitchen management.

How Much Do Kitchen Managers in the US?

The average Kitchen Manager salary in the U.S. is $56,460 per year or $4,705 per month, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Average Kitchen Manager Base Salary:
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As a guide, here’s a breakdown of the earnings of Kitchen Managers by hour, week and month.

BreakdownSalary
Annual$56,460
Monthly$4,705
Weekly$1,806
Hourly$27.14

[Source: Indeed, Salary.com and ZipRecruiter]
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Kitchen Managers can be categorized as Food Service Managers, and depending on their credentials, they can earn from $42,990 per year to as high as $101,240 per year.

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You tend to earn more as a Kitchen Manager when you have more experience or you work for a large-volume kitchen. Those with lower salaries are usually first-time Kitchen Managers or those who work for smaller establishments.

Average Kitchen Manager Salary Per State or District

Kitchen Manager salaries can vary depending on the area you work in.

[Source: Indeed, Salary.com and ZipRecruiter]
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For example, the District of Columbia, Washington and Massachusetts pay the highest average Kitchen Manager salaries, while Arkansas, Florida and West Virginia are among the lowest-paying states.

Check Your Take-Home Pay in Every State as a Kitchen Manager

Use our Paycheck Calculator to know just how much you get at the end of the day, minus all local, state and federal taxes and other deductions. Input your salary, choose the state you work in and choose the pay frequency.

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If your gross pay is 0 per in the state of F, your net pay (or take home pay) will be $1,343.17 after tax deductions of 0% (or $ 156.83). Deductions include a total of [1] 0% (or $0.00) for the federal income tax, [2] 0% (or $0.00) for the state income tax, [3] 6.20% (or $0.00) for the social security tax and [4] 1.45% (or $0.00) for Medicare.

The Federal Income Tax is collected by the government and is consistent across all U.S. regions. In contrast, the State Income Tax is levied by the state of residence and work, leading to substantial variations. The Social Security Tax is used to fund Social Security, which benefits retirees, persons with disabilities and survivors of deceased workers. Medicare involves a federal payroll tax designated for the Medicare insurance program. As of 2022, Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming do not levy a state income tax.

Check out the table below to discover the average Kitchen Manager salary for each state. You can also sort the items from highest average salary to lowest or in alphabetical order.

State Avg. Salary
Alabama $53,784
Alaska $57,693
Arizona $52,904
Arkansas $49,090
California $61,483
Colorado $58,542
Connecticut $58,652
Delaware $55,859
Florida $49,086
Georgia $52,422
Hawaii $59,114
Idaho $53,195
Illinois $56,859
Indiana $52,682
Iowa $52,476
Kansas $52,675
Kentucky $50,727
Louisiana $51,607
Maine $54,296
Maryland $58,944
Massachusetts $61,554
Michigan $52,479
Minnesota $58,034
Mississippi $50,537
Missouri $51,161
Montana $50,701
Nebraska $51,531
Nevada $54,548
New Hampshire $55,923
New Jersey $60,587
New Mexico $49,760
New York $61,445
North Carolina $53,058
North Dakota $54,405
Ohio $55,241
Oklahoma $51,368
Oregon $57,873
Pennsylvania $55,187
Rhode Island $58,254
South Carolina $52,827
South Dakota $50,986
Tennessee $54,500
Texas $54,822
Utah $52,067
Vermont $54,254
Virginia $54,969
Washington $61,989
West Virginia $48,298
Wisconsin $51,067
Wyoming $52,521
District of Columbia $63,772

Cities With High Average Kitchen Manager Salaries

Huge metropolitan cities usually have higher average Kitchen Manager salaries than other locations in the U.S.

For example, New York City is among the highest-paying cities, with an average salary of $66,760 per year, which is 18% higher than the nationwide average.

Miami

Annual mean wage

$56,380

# of employees

5,160

Projected growth

17,434

New York City

Annual mean wage

$66,760

# of employees

16,280

Projected growth

18,722

Chicago

Annual mean wage

$59,828

# of employees

7,870

Projected growth

9,050

Los Angeles

Annual mean wage

$64,634

# of employees

11,690

Projected growth

13,443

[Source: Indeed, Salary.com and ZipRecruiter]
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How To Negotiate a Higher Salary as a Kitchen Manager

Kitchen management is already considered one of the highest positions in the restaurant and hospitality scene. So, to increase your chances of securing the salary you deserve, check out the following salary negotiation steps.

Salary negotiation steps for Kitchen Managers

1. Determine your worth as a Kitchen Manager

As mentioned above, states can have different average Kitchen Manager salaries. Whether you work in the capital, a small town, the state of Mississippi or the city of Chicago can affect your pay.

You can also check the average pay for this job title in your current company or the one that you’re applying for. If it’s a large establishment, check if they offer salaries higher than industry standards.

Most importantly, specify the number of people you’ve led, your specializations, high-volume kitchen experience and more. Put your achievements and other initiatives in writing.

If you understand your value and know how to back it up, you can be more prepared for salary negotiations.

2. Find the best timing

One of the best chances at negotiating a salary is just before you sign on with the employer. However, if you’d like to negotiate a higher salary with your current employer, then it’s best to request it during your next Kitchen Manager performance review or appraisal.

Of course, you’d also want to request this at a time when you have consistently performed up to your employer’s standards. You may also want to consider negotiating a higher salary when the financial status of your establishment is stable.

3. Sell your skills and experience

Let your employer know about your value as a Kitchen Manager. Make sure you practice beforehand and mention specific instances where you displayed your skills. Describe your talent for building a strong team and keeping a kitchen running smoothly.

4. Check for benefits other than your Kitchen Manager salary

Salary isn’t everything. To make sure you’re getting the best package in the long run, check the compensation package that a Kitchen Manager job offers on top of the base salary.

This includes job benefits like health insurance, paid time off, retirement plans and even performance bonuses.

Also, keep in mind that although shift differential is not required by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), many employers extend extra compensation for employees working on holidays, nights or weekends.

Since these are common working hours for Kitchen Managers, make sure you ask about the shift differential.

5. Get everything in writing

Remember to get the pay raise, benefits and your updated Kitchen Manager job description in writing before you completely end the negotiation.

You should do this to avoid any confusion and protect yourself and your employer.

Average Kitchen Manager Salary Compared to Other Managerial-Level Roles

Compare the Kitchen Manager role with other similar restaurant jobs and explore your options.

Kitchen Manager Salary FAQs

See quick answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Kitchen Manager salaries.

Yes. Chefs in the U.S. earn an average salary of $62,640 per year, which is higher than the average Kitchen Manager salary.

Also, an Executive Chef usually holds the highest position in the kitchen. They usually earn more than Kitchen Managers.

Kitchen Managers in Miami earn $56,380 per year on average.

Kitchen Managers do not usually receive tips. Tipped positions are usually for customer-facing, front-of-house staff like Servers, Hosts/Hostesses and Waiters/Waitresses.