Banquet managers, also known as food service managers, are responsible for ensuring that spaces in hotels, convention centers and other facilities offering food service in a banquet setting operate properly. These managers use their knowledge of food preparation and personnel management to organize and manage groups of workers to ensure food is served and customer needs are met. The Bureau of Labor Statistics includes banquet managers as part of a larger group of food service managers, so salaries for these managers may be slightly different from those reported here.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there were an estimated 190,250 food service managers in 2009. These workers made an average of about $24.71 an hour or about $51,400 per year. The top 10th percentile of food service managers made an average of $37.94 per hour or about $78,910 per year, while the lowest 10th percentile made about $14.33 per hour or about $29,810 per year.
Most Common Sectors
The "limited-service eating places" sector employed the highest number of food service managers in 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The estimated 67,090 workers in this sector earned an average of about $21.81 an hour or about $45,370 per year. The approximately 65,190 food service managers in the second-most common sector, "full-service restaurants," earned an average of about $25.84 an hour or about $53,750 per year.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that food service managers in the "grocery and related product merchant wholesalers" sector earned the highest average wages in 2009. These managers made about $43.81 an hour or about $91,130 per year. Those in the second-highest-paying sector, "accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services," made an average of $37.09 an hour or about $77,150 per year.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Delaware, New Jersey, Washington, Nevada and Massachusetts were the five states with the highest average food service manager salaries in 2009. Managers in Delaware had the highest average wages out of all states, earning about $33.52 an hour or about $69,720 per year. Those in the fifth-highest-paying state, Massachusetts, earned an average of $29.47 an hour or about $61,290 per year.
2016 Salary Information for Food Service Managers
Food service managers earned a median annual salary of $50,820 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, food service managers earned a 25th percentile salary of $38,260, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $66,990, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 308,700 people were employed in the U.S. as food service managers.
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