Salary and Outlook
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 915,400 people employed as first-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers in
the United States.
The median annual salary is $34,600.
Entry level employees earn approximately $22,910 per year and senior employees earn approximately $59,330
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.
- Compile and balance cash receipts at the end of the day or shift.
- Present bills and accept payments.
- Inspect supplies, equipment, and work areas to ensure efficient service and conformance to standards.
- Perform food preparation and serving duties, such as carving meat, preparing flambe dishes, or serving wine and liquor.
- Train workers in food preparation, and in service, sanitation, and safety procedures.
- Supervise and participate in kitchen and dining area cleaning activities.
- Perform personnel actions, such as hiring and firing staff, providing employee orientation and training, and conducting supervisory activities, such as creating work schedules or organizing employee time sheets.
- Control inventories of food, equipment, smallware, and liquor, and report shortages to designated personnel.
- Assign duties, responsibilities, and work stations to employees in accordance with work requirements.
- Specify food portions and courses, production and time sequences, and workstation and equipment arrangements.
- Record production, operational, and personnel data on specified forms.
- Greet and seat guests, and present menus and wine lists.
- Purchase or requisition supplies and equipment needed to ensure quality and timely delivery of services.
- Develop departmental objectives, budgets, policies, procedures, and strategies.
- Conduct meetings and collaborate with other personnel for menu planning, serving arrangements, and related details.
- Evaluate new products for usefulness and suitability.
- Schedule parties and take reservations.
- Assess nutritional needs of patients, plan special menus, supervise the assembly of regular and special diet trays, and oversee the delivery of food trolleys to hospital patients.
- Observe and evaluate workers and work procedures to ensure quality standards and service, and complete disciplinary write-ups.
- Estimate ingredients and supplies required to prepare a recipe.
- Analyze operational problems, such as theft and wastage, and establish procedures to alleviate these problems.
- Forecast staff, equipment, and supply requirements, based on a master menu.
- Recommend measures for improving work procedures and worker performance to increase service quality and enhance job safety.
- Develop equipment maintenance schedules and arrange for repairs.
- Perform various financial activities, such as cash handling, deposit preparation, and payroll.
- Resolve customer complaints regarding food service.