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How Much Does a Coffee Shop Manager Make Per Hour (2024 Salary Data)?

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Being a coffee shop manager can be a stressful job. Not only are you responsible for ensuring the company’s location runs smoothly, but you also hire baristas, order stock, train workers, help keep the menu in order, and do a whole list of additional work that can keep you on your toes—not to mention making at least a few cups of coffee! Before venturing into this line of work, you may be curious about how much a coffee shop manager may make per hour? Let’s take a look and help you find out! On average, coffee shop managers can make between $13 and $33 per hour. Keep reading to see the details!

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A Rising Average

With businesses like Starbucks, the most popular coffee shop in the United States, raising their average starting pay for baristas, it’s not surprising that manager pay is also on the rise. When looking at pay rates for those in coffee shop management, there are a few criteria that aid in the rising average. Years of experience, education, and even additional skills can help a coffee shop manager make their way toward the higher end of the pay spectrum with some averaging $36 an hour according to

At this average, annual salary can come close to $75,000 per year. However, these numbers come with roughly 3 years of experience and managers who have at least a bachelor’s degree.

For those without these criteria, the average pay for a coffee shop manager can range anywhere between $27,919 to $68,887 annually. This translates to $13 an hour up to $33 an hour. Keep in mind, however, with the rise in hourly pay being offered by many businesses due to the increase in the cost of living and lack of employees, most can expect their pay to reach an average of $23 an hour. This equals out to roughly $47,840 annually.

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Where Coffee Shop Managers Make the Most

If you’re curious as to where coffee shop managers make the most money, the answer is clear. California. When looking at the 10 cities that pay their coffee shop managers the most on average, eight are located in California.

Here’s a look at the top 10 cities to find well-paying coffee shop manager positions.
  • San Mateo, CA
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Daly City, CA
  • Richmond, CA
  • Irvine, CA
  • Odessa, TX
  • Stamford, CT
  • Bellevue, WA/Orange, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
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Understanding the Numbers

While you may see quite a bit of fluctuation in the amounts when it comes to average pay for a coffee shop manager, there are several reasons why. Two that we’ve already touched on are education and experience. In the workforce, those who know the job and have the educational background to pump up their resume often make more money. Another thing to factor in is the different types of management positions in some coffee shops. Not all coffee shops call their leader the coffee shop manager. Head of coffee, coffee engineer, and coffee director are a few of the names those in management may be called in the coffee industry. When investigating the pay scale for coffee shop managers, it’s important to keep these titles in mind as well.


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In Conclusion

As you can see, taking on the responsibilities associated with being a coffee shop manager can be a satisfying career that offers a great wage. If you’re interested in taking on one of these positions and using your knowledge of business and the coffee industry to make your mark, include all the extras on your resume. If you have a bachelor’s degree or better, multiple years of experience, or additional training or certifications that make you perfect for management in the coffee world, boast about it. You may find yourself being one of the top paid managers in your area.


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Melissa Gunter

Melissa has been a fan of coffee since the first sip she stole from her Granny's cup when she was just a girl. Now, she spends each morning writing with a hot cup of coffee at her side. With a love of sweet and creamy bliss, Melissa and her daughter, Amber, stop by and try out every local coffee shop they see. Neither are afraid to try something new and have a long list of favorite coffee beverages they simply can't do without. When she's not freelance writing about her 2 passions, coffee, and pets, Melissa spends her time with her husband, 2 kids, and 5 fur babies. She also loves diving into the fiction world under her pen name, Rena Marin. If she isn't at the laptop or with the family, Melissa is out enjoying the mountains of East Tennessee she calls home.

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