Catering Directors in the United States pull down an average of $50K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by just over two-fifths. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. There are more female Catering Directors who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 66 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$31,846 - $69,487
(Median)
$32K
$50K
$69K
MEDIAN: $49,743
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$9.89 - $19.96
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$9
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,846 - $69,487  
   
Bonus
$295.90 - $10,166  
Profit Sharing
$1,450  
Commission
$2,600 - $33,500  
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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$31,337 - $72,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 121
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.89 - $19.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.67  
Overtime
$10.14 - $28.54  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$295.90 - $10,166  
   
Commission
$2,600 - $33,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,450  
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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$31,337 - $72,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Catering Director

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


For Catering Directors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $40K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. Catering Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $55K on average.

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Experience Affects Catering Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Catering Director Salaries

Sales
up arrow 2%

National Average
$50,000

Event Management
up arrow 3%

Event Planning
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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