Kitchen Manager

Average Kitchen Manager Salary Nationwide


Overview and Basic Information


In a fast-paced restaurant environment, the kitchen is the hub of excitement. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make every plate of delicious food possible—and the kitchen manager is the person who ensures it all gets done. Kitchen managers enjoy exciting careers in a variety of settings including restaurants, hotels, cafes and catering companies.

Example kitchen manager job description

Our successful restaurant is seeking an organized, detail-oriented and experienced kitchen manager to fill our open role. The kitchen manager is responsible for conducting the daily activities of the kitchen and overseeing food operations. The ideal candidate for this position will have a passion for high-quality food and work. If you’re someone who loves a delicious meal as much as a leadership opportunity, we want you to apply!

Typical duties include:

  • Manage inventory of food supply and place orders when necessary

  • Manage inventory of restaurant supplies and place orders 

  • Supervise daily food quality, food preparation and food storage 

  • Monitor health and food safety regulations

  • Maintain a clean kitchen area and workspace

  • Organize a budget based on food cost and current usage

  • Collaborate with the sous chef and head chef to create delicious menu items

  • Communicate status of kitchen operations to the general manager

  • Monitor kitchen equipment for repairs

  • Recruit, hire and train kitchen employees and back of house staff

  • Create the weekly kitchen employee work schedule

  • Conduct training on new kitchen requirements and techniques

  • Report to restaurant managers and owners about kitchen costs and operations


  • Bachelor’s degree in Restaurant Management or 2+ years of restaurant management or food service management 

  • Management skills and experience

  • Demonstrated leadership ability

  • Organizational skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Working knowledge of health and safety regulation

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time

Preferred qualifications:

  • Past restaurant manager experience

Common questions about kitchen manager jobs

How much does a kitchen manager make?

Most kitchen managers are employed full-time and earn $54,240 per year. 

What are the education requirements?

Kitchen managers are required to hold a high school diploma and most places of employment prefer a Bachelor’s degree in Restaurant Management or a culinary degree. 

Career paths for kitchen managers

Kitchen managers enjoy exciting careers in restaurants, cafes, bars, catering companies and hotel chains. Many kitchen managers work their way through the ranks to become chefs and restaurant managers. 

The future of kitchen managers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, positions for kitchen managers are expected to grow up to 11% over the next ten years, faster than the average job.

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