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Catering Director Salary

A little 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 $31K to $78K per year, but median earnings come to around $50K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Catering Directors making up 70 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Most Catering Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,255 - $73,059
(Median)
$31K
$50K
$73K
MEDIAN: $49,719
10%
50%
90%

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$7.75 - $22.00
(Median)
$7
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
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$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$31,255 - $73,059  
   
Bonus
$0.24 - $15,465  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,000  
Commission
$199.33 - $19,817  
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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$31,495 - $78,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 240
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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$7.75 - $22.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.73 - $6.25  
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.06  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.24 - $15,465  
   
Commission
$199.33 - $19,817  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,000  
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).
)
$31,495 - $78,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19

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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 note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Event Planning, Sales, 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 many Catering Directors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average inexperienced worker earns $44K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $50K. Catering Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $56K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $62K.

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Experience Affects Catering Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$51,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Catering Director Salaries

National Average
$51,000

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Sales
up arrow 1%

Event Management
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 24%