Number One Employer
- The restaurant industry employs an estimated 12.2 million people, making it the nation's largest employer outside of government.
- The restaurant industry provides work for more than 9 percent of those employed in the United States.
- Roughly one out of three table service operators will increase the proportion of their budget allocated toward training in 2005.
- Eating-and-drinking places are extremely labor-intensive -- sales per full-time-equivalent employee were $57,567 in 2003 and notably lower than other industries.
- More than four out of 10 adults have worked in the restaurant industry at some time during their lives and 27 percent of adults got their first job experience in a restaurant.
- The typical employee in a foodservice occupation is:
- Female (55 percent)
- Under 30 years of age (52 percent)
- Single (68 percent)
- Working part-time and averaging 25 hours a week
- Living in a household with two or more wage earners (79 percent)
Ladder to Management Opportunity
- Nine out of 10 salaried employees at table service restaurants started as hourly employees.
- The number of foodservice managers is projected to increase 11% from 2005 to 2015.
- More than three out of five foodservice managers have annual household incomes of $50,000 or more.
- Eating-and-drinking places employ more minority managers than any other industry.
Restaurants By the Numbers…
- $1.3 billion — restaurant-industry sales on a typical day in 2005
- Two out of three — percentage of quick service operators who have added low-carb items to their menu as a result of the low-carb diet trend
- Nearly half — percentage of table service operators reporting that takeout represents a larger proportion of their total sales compared to two years ago
- One out of three — percent of consumers who have used curbside takeout at a table service restaurant
- 4 percent — median pre-tax income in 2003 for full-service restaurants with average per-person checks of $15 to $24.99
- 45 percent — Percentage of 25-to-34-year-olds who have used the Internet to find out information about a restaurant they have not patronized before.