Dietary Director Salary

Dietary Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up a little more than half of Dietary Directors. Pay fluctuates from $30K to $59K per year, but expected earnings average $44K annually. For the most part, Dietary Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Dietary Directors survey participants are more prevalent than men — 63 percent of professionals. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$31,638 - $61,613
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$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,205
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$10.34 - $25.53
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MEDIAN: $16.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,638 - $61,613  
   
Bonus
$2,966  
Total Pay (?
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$29,582 - $59,056  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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Hourly Rate
$10.34 - $25.53  
   
Overtime
$15.00  
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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$29,582 - $59,056  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | 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

  • 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.

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
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
34%
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Experience Affects Dietary Director Salaries

Late-Career
▲15%

Experienced
▲1%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 27%