A Potpourri of 10 Food & Beverage Jobs

Tie a napkin 'round your neck and be our guest to check out this platter of food & beverage roles! If you’re curious about how much employees in these kind of roles earn on average, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are 10 food & beverage jobs worth looking at. We've included the average entry-level salaries and ranges based on Salary.com data.

1) Food Scientist

Average: $70,062

Salary Range: $56,113-$85,303

What you’ll do: Apply scientific and engineering principles in research, development, production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and utilization of food. This role may require a bachelor's degree in a related area.

2) Food & Beverage Manager

Average: $71,848

Salary Range: $58,647-$82,453

What you’ll do: Manage the daily activities of the organization's food and beverage function. This person also oversees food and beverage inventory and assists the Food and Beverage Director in menu planning, preparation and presentation of food and drinks, and monitoring adherence to quality and safety standards. This role may require an associate's degree or its equivalent.

3) Fast Food Cook

Average: $20,521

Salary Range: $18,372-$23,105

What you’ll do: Prepare food for service in a fast-food or short-order setting following pre-set guidelines. This person also measures, mixes, and seasons menu items according to the facility's standards. This role may require a high school diploma or its equivalent.

4) Food Services Director – Higher Ed.

Average: $90,163

Salary Range: $74,069-$107,959

What you’ll do: Direct and oversee all aspects of institutional food service and resources. This person also develops food service policies for all dining halls, manages work schedules to ensure appropriate staffing levels, and is responsible for purchasing supplies. This role typically requires a bachelor's degree.

 5) Sous Chef

Average: $45,228

Salary Range: $36,747-$56,476

What you’ll do: Assist the Executive Chef in the daily operations of the kitchen, including menu development, inventory and purchasing of supplies, and cost control. This person also oversees the activities of the kitchen staff and monitors food production and presentation in the absence of the Executive Chef. This role may require a bachelor's degree in area of specialty.

6) Restaurant Manager

Average: $52,871

Salary Range: $42,678-$62,558

What you’ll do: Responsible for overall operations of the restaurant, which may include overseeing the staff, monitoring inventory, purchasing equipment and supplies, and ensuring quality customer service and compliance with all food and beverage regulations. This person also trains, hires, and schedules other employees. This role requires a high school diploma or its equivalent.

7) Executive Chef

Average: $67,253

Salary Range: $57,311-$81,322

What you’ll do: Direct and oversee the operations of the kitchen(s), including menu development, inventory and purchasing of supplies, cost control, and sanitation. This person also creates and updates menus to maximize profits and minimize loss. This role typically requires a bachelor's degree.

8) Line Cook

Average: $24,168

Salary Range: $20,687-$29,511

What you’ll do: Follow a menu to prepare and cook meats, fish, poultry, gravies, cereals, soups, vegetables, and other food according to proper preparation methods. This role may require a high school diploma or its equivalent.

9) Assistant Restaurant Manager

Average: $42,146

Salary Range: $35,188-$49,528

What you’ll do: Assist the Restaurant Manager in the overall operations of the restaurant. This person recruits and trains restaurant employees, helps with inventory control and budgeting, and ensures that regulatory guidelines of the food services industry are being followed by all employees. This role requires a high school diploma or its equivalent.

10) Regional Restaurant Manager

Average: $91,265

Salary Range: $73,036-$106,768

What you’ll do:  Oversee overall operations of a group of restaurants in an assigned geographic region. This person also recruits and trains managers for each facility within the region and designs high volume sales plans for individual units. This role requires a bachelor's degree in area of specialty.


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