Dietary Director Salary

The majority of Dietary Directors in the United States — just under three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $31K to $61K per year, and the median is $45K per year. Women Dietary Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Dietary Directors. About one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$34,487 - $61,520
(Median)
$34K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $45,172
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$13.04 - $27.82
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$13
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,487 - $61,520  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
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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$30,640 - $60,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.04 - $27.82  
   
Overtime
$23.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
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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$30,640 - $60,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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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.


Dietary Directors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $40K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $42K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $48K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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"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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Experience Affects Dietary Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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