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How to become a Restaurant Manager

You can either become a restaurant manager by working your way up through various positions in the restaurant, or by receiving a formal hospitality and restaurant management education. You can start as a host/hostess, server or bartender, then receive a promotion to management. If you receive a formal training, you can get a two-year associate degree, a four-year bachelor's degree, or even a master's degree in hospitality and restaurant management.

How to become: General Manager · Assistant Manager · Shift Manager · Manager · Restaurant Staff
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Typical qualifications for a Restaurant Manager

Your Indeed Profile has 20 of the 21 qualifications typically needed to be a Restaurant Manager.
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Restaurant Manager jobs in United States

Restaurant General Manager
Pizza Hut3.5
O'Fallon, MO
From $50,000 a year
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38 minutes ago
Restaurant Manager
Nando's PERi-PERi3.9
Springfield, VA
$50,000 - $58,000 a year
42 minutes ago
Experienced Restaurant Managers *Join our Team* Hawthorne's Ny Pizza
Hawthorne's NY Pizza & Bar Carmel rd
Charlotte, NC
$50,000 - $65,000 a year
45 minutes ago
General Manager in Quick Service Restaurant
DND GROUPS - Dairy Queen - Taco Johns
Garibaldi, OR
$50,000 - $60,000 a year
45 minutes ago
General Manager-Restaurant
Emeril's Restaurants
Miramar Beach, FL
$70,000 - $75,000 a year
45 minutes ago
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Career progression for Restaurant Manager

Education levels for Restaurant Managers

Based on the requirements of Restaurant Manager job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
High school diploma or GED57.1%
Bachelor's degree21.9%
Associate's degree18.6%
Master's degree2.5%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Restaurant Manager in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$31,500
4 - 8$35,600
8 - 12$40,100
12 - 16$42,300
16 - 20$43,000
20 - 24$42,900
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Common questions about career advices for a Restaurant Manager

What is the highest position a restaurant manager can achieve?

The highest position a restaurant manager may achieve can be a general manager or an owner of a restaurant. As a restaurant owner, you can make all final decisions are ultimately responsible for making sure the establishment is a success.

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What personality traits does a restaurant manager usually have?

A restaurant manger may be enterprising and enthusiastic, which can help them promote and run a business successfully. They can also be skilled in conflict resolution because they often have to address customer service issues. Good organizational skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment are also important, as there are many things to keep track of in the busy food service industry.

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Does a restaurant manager need certifications?

Restaurant managers usually don't need certifications, but many employers may require one. They can earn a variety of certifications including Food Protection Manager or Certified Restaurant Manager. To earn either of these certifications, restaurant managers need to complete a course and pass an exam.

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