Dietary Director Salary

Dietary Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just under three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $44K per year, but may range from $31K to $60K per year. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-half. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$34,340 - $59,885
(Median)
$34K
$44K
$60K
MEDIAN: $43,734
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$12.85 - $28.95
(Median)
$13
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$34,340 - $59,885  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$31,040 - $59,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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Hourly Rate
$12.85 - $28.95  
   
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
   
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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$31,040 - $59,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $40K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $44K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Dietary Directors make a median salary of $42K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $45K.

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Experience Affects Dietary Director Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$43,000

Experienced
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 18%
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