Catering Director Salary

With a little over a half of Catering Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Catering Directors is $49K per year and can range from $31K on the lower end to $76K per year near the higher end. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Catering Directors (68 percent) who took the survey are female. Although approximately one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and close to one-half get dental coverage, too. Most Catering Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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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).
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$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 usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Sales, Event Planning, and Event Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. It is not unusual for someone who knows Event Management to be familiar with Event Planning as well.

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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $42K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. On average, Catering Directors make $55K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $56K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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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