There are currently an estimated 308,700 restaurant managers in the United States. The restaurant manager job market is expected to grow by 9.0% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are restaurant managers?

CareerExplorer rates restaurant managers with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 35,100 restaurant managers. That number is based on 27,700 additional restaurant managers, and the retirement of 7,400 existing restaurant managers.

Are restaurant managers in demand?

The restaurant industry is among the largest private-sector employers in the United States, adding jobs at a generally consistent rate. New jobs are projected to be in full-service restaurants, while positions in limited service establishments are expected to decline. Restaurant managers with a degree in restaurant hospitality or institutional food service management will be best positioned to compete for jobs at upscale restaurants and for corporate management opportunities with restaurant chains, which will launch the majority of new restaurants. Related management level opportunities will also grow with food service contractors that provide food for schools and health, nursing, and residential care facilities. As with most occupations, some job openings will arise as current managers transfer careers or retire.

What’s the supply of restaurant managers?

The restaurant manager industry is concentrated in California, Florida, Texas

Restaurant Manager job market by state

State Name Employed Restaurant Managers
California 35,740
Florida 12,300
Texas 9,960
Tennessee 9,400
Georgia 8,700
New York 7,800
Ohio 7,520
Massachusetts 6,540
Pennsylvania 5,770
North Carolina 5,200
Wisconsin 5,160
Arizona 5,050
Michigan 4,690
Oregon 3,900
Minnesota 3,540
Virginia 3,510
Missouri 3,410
Kentucky 3,380
Indiana 3,370
Oklahoma 3,320
New Jersey 3,110
Nevada 2,850
South Carolina 2,750
Iowa 2,600
Maryland 2,510
Puerto Rico 2,390
Washington 2,300
Alabama 2,180
Utah 1,750
Colorado 1,750
Mississippi 1,690
Connecticut 1,660
Hawaii 1,530
Louisiana 1,410
Arkansas 1,350
Idaho 1,280
West Virginia 1,260
District of Columbia 1,190
New Hampshire 1,110
New Mexico 1,090
Maine 1,080
Kansas 1,010
Nebraska 990
South Dakota 880
North Dakota 750
Vermont 520
Delaware 510
Wyoming 410
Rhode Island 400
Montana 350
Alaska 350
Guam 200
Virgin Islands, U.S. 100