Catering Director Salary

Just over a half of Catering Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $32K to $77K per year, but median earnings come to around $49K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Catering Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Catering Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a little over a half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,865 - $71,766
(Median)
$31K
$49K
$72K
MEDIAN: $49,268
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50%
90%

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$8.63 - $23.50
(Median)
$8
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,865 - $71,766  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,913  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,139  
Commission
$197.97 - $20,768  
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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$31,748 - $77,439  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.63 - $23.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.65 - $3.73  
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.58  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,913  
   
Commission
$197.97 - $20,768  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $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).
)
$31,748 - $77,439  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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 usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Event Planning, Sales, and Event Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Event Management and Event Planning are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Catering Director

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


For Catering Directors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $44K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $49K on average. Catering Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $55K. 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 $59K on average.

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Experience Affects Catering Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$51,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Catering Director Salaries

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Sales
0%

National Average
$51,000

Event Management
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 25%
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