Dietary Director Salary

Just below 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 $30K to $61K per year, and the average comes out to $45K per year. Women account for the majority of Dietary Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 60 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Roughly one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$31,050 - $64,831
$31K
$44K
$65K
MEDIAN: $43,949
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$11.23 - $27.28
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$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.28
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$0$64K
Salary $31,050 - $64,831
Bonus $2,948
Total Pay (?
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$29,812 - $61,137
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 46
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $11.23 - $27.28
Overtime $27.00
Annual Data $0$61K
Bonus $2,948
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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$29,812 - $61,137
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 32

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

Common Career Paths for Dietary Director


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Many Dietary Directors move into Certified Dietary Manager roles. Certified Dietary Managers seem to make a little less than Dietary Directors as their salaries average out to $36K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Director

Pay by Experience for a Dietary Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Dietary Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 24 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dietary Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 16 salaries. An experienced Dietary Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 27 salaries. A Dietary Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 27 salaries.

Dietary Director Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Dietary Director?

Dietary Director in Omaha:
"Resident Satisfactory."
Each meal that goes out needs to be prepared and served as if it could be someones last meal. Only serve what you should serve for your own grandparent.

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Key Stats for Dietary Director

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
35%
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Experience Affects Dietary Director Salaries

Late-Career
▲15%

Experienced
▲1%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
▼2%

Entry-Level
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 28%
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