Restaurant managers are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, restaurant managers rate their career happiness 2.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 12% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy restaurant managers are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Bank branch manager
Mail superintendent
Compensation and benefits manager
Restaurant manager
Dietetic technician
Retail manager

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are restaurant managers happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do restaurant managers find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as restaurant managers?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are restaurant manager’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are restaurant managers making the best use of their abilities?

Are restaurant managers happy with their salary?