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The popular notions of dead end fast food jobs and churn and burn restaurants that power through employees are mythical. Careers in food service can be lucrative, long-lasting and fulfilling. Just ask the scores of restaurant company CEOs and executives that got their start washing dishes or bussing tables.
Most restaurant workers are in it for the long haul. That is evidenced by this little-known stat: 70% of restaurant employees plan to stick around until retirement. They want to commit to career that is exciting, exhilarating and… oh, yeah…full of plenty of financial opportunity. Bonuses and high salaries can be in the cards for workers that are in restaurants for the long haul.
Speaking of bonuses: the industry is lousy with extra cash. 71% of salaried managers, 50% of salaried shift supervisors and 47% of salaried chefs earned a bonus in the last year. That means there are plenty of chances for hard-working individuals to see a real return on their labor. Effort and performance can lead to some extra ducats in the bank account.
Think about those CEOs and executives for a second. It takes a long time to climb that ladder. All those early years in the trenches tend to pay off. The median tenure of restaurant managers and executives that oversee foodservice operations is 20 years. The talented workers that stick it out can grow their salaries…and move up to the C-suite.
The bottom line is restaurants are good for people who want to work and see the value they provide well-compensated. If you can work hard, you will see your hard work rewarded. And if you want to support smart, dedicated people that put their souls into food and service, you should eat out. Find a restaurant with good food and good people. Based on all these stats, there are plenty of them out there.Dedication Pays Off. Just check out the infographic below.