Just over a 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 $58K per year, but median earnings come to around $45K per year. Female Dietary Directors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (65 percent) are women. Roughly 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. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,515 - $62,917
(Median)
$33K
$45K
$63K
MEDIAN: $45,056
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$10.34 - $25.53
(Median)
$10
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,515 - $62,917  
   
Bonus
$2,966  
Total Pay (?
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$30,030 - $58,164  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.34 - $25.53  
   
Overtime
$19.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$2,966  
   
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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$30,030 - $58,164  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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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Although many Dietary Directors transition into Certified Dietary Manager roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $36K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Director

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


For Dietary Directors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $35K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $41K. Dietary Directors bring in $45K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $49K on average.

Dietary Director Advice

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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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Experience Affects Dietary Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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