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
Fundraising manager
2.8
$115k
Sales manager
2.8
$63k
Mail superintendent
2.7
$77k
Compensation and benefits manager
2.7
$115k
Restaurant manager
2.7
$38k
Account manager
2.7
$47k
Retail manager
2.6
$37k
Restaurant cook
2.5
$22k
Host and hostess
2.5
$22k

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?