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Dietary Director Salary

Approximately three-fifths of Dietary Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $31K to $60K per year, and the average comes out to $44K per year. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-half. For the most part, Dietary Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent.

$34,276 - $60,105
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$34K
$44K
$60K
MEDIAN: $43,734
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$12.88 - $29.34
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$13
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,276 - $60,105  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
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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$30,815 - $60,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.88 - $29.34  
   
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.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
   
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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$30,815 - $60,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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Job Description for Dietary Director

A dietary director is the person who is responsible for planning and coordinating all activities of the dietary department within a variety of organizations. These organizations include workplace cafeterias, hospitals, educational institutions, and schools. This position is supervisory in nature. It will rarely require travel, as this person generally works within an office or “on the floor”. A dietary director is required to have attained a high school diploma, and many organizations also require an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nutrition or food service management. Food service training courses and certifications are also available within this field. Continual education is often recommended, as the field is always evolving.

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Dietary Director Tasks

  • Oversee, plan and direct the nutrition services program.
  • Oversee departmental staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.
  • Ensure services are in compliance with nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Director

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $44K. Dietary Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $41K. Dietary Directors who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $45K.

 
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Experience Affects Dietary Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 18%
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