Catering Director Salary

Catering Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just over a half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $31K to $77K per year, median earnings come to $49K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Catering Directors. Some workers in this field — approximately one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a little over a half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,781 - $71,343

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$9.45 - $22.67

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,781 - $71,343  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,429  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,139  
Commission
$196.53 - $21,000  
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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$31,430 - $77,031  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 209
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.45 - $22.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.65 - $3.73  
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,429  
   
Commission
$196.53 - $21,000  
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).
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$31,430 - $77,031  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Event Planning, Sales, and Event Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Employees educated in Event Management are typically practiced in Event Planning, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Catering Director

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


Catering Directors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $44K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $49K. Catering Directors see a median salary of $55K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Catering Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $56K.

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Experience Affects Catering Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Catering Director Salaries

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Sales
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Event Management
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 25%
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