A majority of employees believe the foodservice industry offers opportunities for advancement and career success. According to a workforce study released by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), more than 91 percent of restaurant employees ages 35 to 44 said they have advanced to a higher-paying job in the industry. And younger workers are moving up too, with 86 percent of employees between 25 to 34 moving into higher-paying positions.
As the most extensive research of the restaurant sector workforce in decades, “Who Works in the U.S. Restaurant Industry,” which was released in late August, details the opinions of nearly 5,100 Americans who currently work or formerly worked in the industry, as well as those who own or operate restaurants.
The latest infographic shows that multiple career pathways, competitive salaries and consistent pay raises pave the way for career advancement within the restaurant industry.
“Who Works in the U.S. Restaurant Industry” also examined compensation for both hourly and salaried restaurant employees. While wage ranges varied by occupation, restaurant managers earned a reported median annual base salary of $47,000 and salaried chefs and cooks received a median base of $50,000. Hourly workers such as waiters earned a median $16.13 per hour when employer-paid wages and tips were combined.
For more information on restaurant careers in this dynamic industry, and to view the entire workforce study, visit www.ChooseRestaurants.org.
As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the NRAEF exists to enhance the restaurant industry’s service to the public through education, community engagement and promotion of career opportunities. The NRAEF works to attract, develop and retain a career-oriented professional workforce for the restaurant industry. The restaurant and foodservice industry comprises 980,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 13 million employees, making it one of the nation’s largest employers. For more information on the NRAEF, visit NRAEF.org.