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How will your restaurant management education stack up?

Here is some information to help you compare your restaurant management education with restaurant management education around the nation. There are 80 traditional restaurant management schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had restaurant management programs were:

  1. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California
  2. Michigan State University - located in East Lansing, Michigan
  3. Lindenwood University - located in Saint Charles, Missouri

Student Demographics

In 2010, 1,136 students earned degrees in restaurant management in the US. Of these students, 262 received certifications in restaurant management, 872 received an undergraduate degree in restaurant management, and 2 received a graduate-level degree in restaurant management.


Students can pursue education in restaurant management at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Restaurant Management
  • Bachelor's Degree in Restaurant Management
  • Master's Degree in Restaurant Management
  • Certificate in Restaurant Management

During the course of their restaurant management education, students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge:

  • Safety and Sanitation
  • Food Preparation
  • Marketing
  • Multi-tasking
  • Leadership


Students at restaurant management schools around the nation paid an average of $10,360 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The following restaurant management schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California, students paid $39,183
  2. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - located in Scottsdale, Arizona, students paid $38,200
  3. L'Ecole Culinaire - located in Saint Louis, Missouri, students paid $12,700

The restaurant management schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. Houston Community College - located in Houston, Texas, students paid $1,392
  2. Central Texas College - located in Killeen, Texas, students paid $1,680
  3. Gwinnett Technical College - located in Lawrenceville, Georgia, students paid $2,229

How will your restaurant management job compare?

Restaurant manager is the profession of choice for a large number of restaurant management graduates. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 186,830 restaurant managers working in the US. The largest numbers of restaurant managers work in the following states:

  1. California - 30,100 Restaurant Managers
  2. Texas - 17,710 Restaurant Managers
  3. Florida - 10,320 Restaurant Managers

Projected Growth

Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for restaurant managers to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Georgia - 19%
  2. Utah - 18%
  3. Texas - 18%


Restaurant managers in the US can make an average of $49,052 per year. However, the salary for a restaurant manager can greatly vary based on factors such as your exact job description, location or work conditions. Approximately 10 percent of restaurant managers earn less than $15,960 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $144,490 per year. The states with the highest average salary for a restaurant manager are:

  1. Nevada - $71,790 per year
  2. Delaware - $68,010 per year
  3. Washington State - $67,900 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for restaurant managers are:

  1. Idaho - $37,920 per year
  2. Oklahoma - $41,180 per year
  3. Tennessee - $42,070 per year

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Food Service Managers 186,830 $52,220 -2.4%