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Catering Director Salary

Pay for Catering Directors in the United States sits in the ballpark of $50K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although about one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Most Catering Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$31,000 - $73,046
(Median)
$31K
$50K
$73K
MEDIAN: $50,311
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50%
90%

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$7.82 - $21.85
(Median)
$7
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$31,000 - $73,046  
   
Bonus
$0.23 - $16,219  
Profit Sharing
$4,913 - $8,139  
Commission
$197.97 - $19,195  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$31,332 - $78,202  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 239
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$7.82 - $21.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.73 - $6.25  
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.25  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.23 - $16,219  
   
Commission
$197.97 - $19,195  
Profit Sharing
$4,913 - $8,139  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$31,332 - $78,202  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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Job Description for Catering Director

  • Supervise on and off site preparation of food and the serving of food at the event.
  • Work with customers to plan and budget event food service.
  • Manage logistics for catered event and ensure that the required equipment, personnel, and supplies are available when needed.
  • Oversee the set up and clean up of catered events.

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Catering Directors report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Event Planning, Sales, and Event Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Event Management. Experience with Event Management is often linked with knowledge of Event Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Catering Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Catering Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $45K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $50K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $57K in this role. Catering Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $62K.

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Experience Affects Catering Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$52,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Catering Director Salaries

Event Planning
0%

National Average
$52,000

Sales
up arrow 3%

Event Management
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 24%