Dietary Director Salary
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.
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.Read More...
A dietary director is responsible for managing the overall daily operations of the dietary or foodservice department of their organization. Other responsibilities and duties associated with this position include managing food service employees, scheduling employees, delegating tasks, hiring and training all staff, evaluating staff, providing nutritional consulting, planning all meals and menus, maintaining and recording all inventory, establishing plans and objectives that coincide with the needs of the organization, gathering nutritional data, implementing nutritional plans regarding the needs of the workplace, managing all kitchen supplies and equipments, accommodating all meals and menus to the needs of the clients or students, and managing all business operations of the department. A dietary director is a person who must be able to work in a fast-paced, high-stress environment. This person is often responsible for individuals’ safety and health.
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.
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.