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Restaurant Management Schools

As a professor or instructor of restaurant management classes at one of the 75 accredited restaurant management schools in the country, you play a influential role in shaping the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in restaurant management academia which includes restaurant management training at the following levels:

  • Restaurant Management Certificate
  • Associates degree in Restaurant Management
  • Bachelors degree in Restaurant Management
  • Masters degree in Restaurant Management


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Restaurant management professionals

189,050 191,460 196,080 190,250 186,830
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

There were 186,830 restaurant management professionals working in the US in 2010. The number of restaurant management professionals has shrunk by 1% between 2006 and 2010.

This decline is faster than the growth for all careers during the same time period. There was a 1% decline for all careers. Over the next 7 years, this trend is expected to contine.

National Salary percentiles for Restaurant management professionals

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In 2010, the median salary earned by restaurant management professionals around the nation, was $48,130 per year. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for restaurant management professionals in the US was 23% less than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Restaurant Management

$43,020 $44,570 $46,320 $47,210 $48,130
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Between the years 2006 and 2010, salaries for restaurant management professionals have grown by 12%.

Educational Trends

National Restaurant Management Student enrollment growth by degree

978 1,132 1,184 1,082 298
434 600 619 942 574
0 0 0 0 0
1 5 4 1 2
717 820 521 744 262
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Restaurant Management
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Restaurant Management
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Restaurant Management
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Restaurant Management
  • Grey: Certificate in Restaurant Management

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for restaurant management professionals. And the story on the educational front is similar. In the US, 2,130 students graduated from restaurant management degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 1,136 students graduated from restaurant management schools.

This represents a 47% change in 4 years. This decline in the number of students graduating from restaurant management courses is greater than the 12% growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general.

Restaurant Management Programs offered Nationwide


As student graduation numbers are down, the number of schools offering restaurant management programs has also decreased. In 2006 there were 314 restaurant management schools across the nation, and in 2010, there were 228 schools.

Restaurant Management Faculty Salaries

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