2019 Restaurant Industry Salary Report (Free Download!)

Employers & Recruiters February 6, 2019


It is our tradition at RestaurantZone to publish each year an annual salary review, a quick reference guide of salaries being paid across the hospitality industry in the U.S. We are delighted that we are able to provide our 2019 Restaurant Industry Salary Report figures!

Our clients and candidates do not like too much irrelevant information and unnecessary analysis. They always want what is quick and accurate. This is what we have sought to supply.

The ranges given in the salary survey are intended to be a guide only. And mind you that this is data is aggregated from restaurants of all sorts of sizes in Upscale, Hotel, Full-Service, Fast-Food & Fast-Casual. Below is a summary of each position across the US, again you may view the full report here.

As you will also see in this report, you will see averages for each state and position. Below we’ve outlined a few of the positions numbers:

Nationwide Summary:

Assistant Manager: $37,442       Catering Manager: $47,874

District Manager: $68,103          Executive Chef: $61,657

General Manager: $62,511          Kitchen Manager: $40,864

Restaurant Manager $50,089   Sous Chef: $43,371

Shift Manager: $33,144               Baker: $26,579

Bartender: $22,779                      Dishwasher: $21,265

Host/Hostess: $22,287               Line Cook: $26,047

Pastry Chef: $46,420                  Prep Cook: $23,132

Server: $21,997

In addition, on the summary page inside the report we noted increases or decreases from last years numbers. These patterns are certainly interesting and worth observing. Most notably, we noticed that salaries for hourly management employees had a large job. Rising an average 21% from last year! This is consistent internally at our company. Our recruiters noticed an uptick in recruiting needs for hourly management for our clients. More and more clients in this environment are offering competitive pay structures, in order to attract and retain talent. We believe this to also be the case with salaried Restaurant Managers & General Managers. In that segment, there was an average 10.5% increase from last year, in salaries for these positions. Decreases weren’t as prominent, except for Bartenders and Host/Hostesses. For more information on every single position inside the restaurant please go ahead few the full report by following the link below.


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4 Responses to “2019 Restaurant Industry Salary Report (Free Download!)”

  1. Useful Information. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. Steven Spiegel on August 19, 2019 @ 2:01 pm

    Nice to have the data but unfortunately I live in Seattle which is in WA and your reports cut off the last few states.

    Can you send the full report including my state to me?


  3. Maynard Meland on August 20, 2019 @ 11:25 am

    Great info, but I don’t see salary information for Washington State?

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