Restaurant Industry Facts at a Glance

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  • $899 billion: Restaurant industry's projected sales in 2020 
  • 1 million+: Restaurant locations in the United States
  • 15.6 million: Restaurant industry employees
  • 1.6 million: New restaurant jobs created by 2030
  • 9 in 10 restaurant managers started in entry-level positions
  • 8 in 10 restaurant owners started their industry careers in entry-level positions
  • 9 in 10 restaurants have fewer than 50 employees
  • 7 in 10 restaurants are single-unit operations
  • Restaurants employ more minority managers than any other industry
  • 63% of consumers would rather spend on an experience than purchase an item
  • The number of middle-class jobs ($45K-$75K) in the restaurant industry grew 84% between 2010 and 2018, more than 3 times faster than in the overall economy.


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