Catering Director Salary

With over one-half of Catering Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $31K to $76K per year and averages out to $49K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although a fair number have medical coverage and nearly one-half have dental coverage, nearly one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. Female Catering Directors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (68 percent) are women. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,961 - $71,381
(Median)
$31K
$49K
$71K
MEDIAN: $48,802
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90%

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$7.51 - $24.66
(Median)
$7
$15
$25
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,961 - $71,381  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,255  
Profit Sharing
$6,000  
Commission
$197.27 - $20,886  
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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$31,096 - $76,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 203
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$7.51 - $24.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.21  
Overtime
$-0.50 - $30.06  
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
$0.00 - $12,255  
   
Commission
$197.27 - $20,886  
Profit Sharing
$6,000  
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).
)
$31,096 - $76,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 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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Catering Directors report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Sales, Event Planning, and Event Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Event Management and Event Planning are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Catering Director

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


For many Catering Directors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $42K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $49K. On average, Catering Directors make $55K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $56K on average.

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Experience Affects Catering Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Catering Director Salaries

Sales
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Event Management
0%

National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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