Mar 28, 2016 12:25 PM EDT

Restaurant Jobs Compensation Across The United States, New Data Shown

Ever wondered about how much a restaurant manager makes? New data about the restaurant industry's compensation may shed some light on how much a restaurant management professional earns.

According to the Salary Survey Report, data has been collected from respondents between May and December 2015. There were a total of 1,169 respondents that Gecko Hospitality has placed in jobs.

Robert Krzak, founder and president of the company, has placed about 200 people per month into restaurant jobs across the country.

What did the survey reveal? The survey considered average starting salaries, salary raises, and overtime. The report may change the way the restaurant industry pay managers, considering that the federal government moves forward on instilling rules about who is eligible for overtime. According to Krzak, the over time... "For high-end restaurants, that's not a big deal. But for mom-and-pops, and sandwich shops it is."

Across the United States, Gecko's survey results show an average $43,391 annual salary for female general managers at quick service (fast food) restaurants, while male general manager salaries averaging to $48,720.

The apparent gender-based inequality of compensation the survey found was "so striking," Krzak said, because although "restaurants as a whole want diversity," the pay to female managers doesn't seem to promote that goal.

Gender balance also eluded the Gecko survey. Respondents identifying themselves as females totaled 297, roughly a quarter of the total. On the management level, "It's a male-dominated industry," Krzak said.

Both men and women responding to the survey listed "better opportunity" as the top reason for changing employers. Thirty-six percent of the job-changers with that motivation reported scoring a pay raise.

While the survey is isolated to restaurant management professionals alone, it does show an insight on compensation between males and females in the service industry.

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