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Dietary Director Salary (United States)

Slightly more than half of Dietary Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $30K to $60K per year, but median earnings come to around $43K annually. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While just under one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Dietary Director Salary (?
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$33,474 - $60,391
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MEDIAN: $43,200
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Dietary Director Salary (?
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$12.88 - $29.34
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,474 - $60,391  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
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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$30,356 - $60,280  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.88 - $29.34  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
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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$30,356 - $60,280  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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.
Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $40K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $43K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Dietary Directors make a median salary of $41K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $46K on average.
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Experience Affects Dietary Director Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$42,000
Experienced
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
58%
female alumni
 
Male
42%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 22%