With just over a half of Dietary Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $30K to $58K per year and averages out to $44K per year. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Women make up the majority of Dietary Directors (62 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,438 - $61,233
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MEDIAN: $43,850
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$10.38 - $25.34
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MEDIAN: $16.49
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,438 - $61,233  
   
Bonus
$2,966  
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$29,761 - $58,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 55
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Hourly Rate
$10.38 - $25.34  
   
Overtime
$15.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$2,966  
   
Total Pay (?
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$29,761 - $58,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 27

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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 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.
  • Oversee, plan and direct the nutrition services program.
  • Oversee departmental staff operations, business planning and budget development.

Common Career Paths for Dietary Director


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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 many Dietary Directors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $41K. Dietary Directors see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $47K.

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
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
032
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Dietary Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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