Dietary Director Salary
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.
|Salary||$32,438 - $61,233|
|Total Pay (||$29,761 - $58,060|
|Hourly Rate||$10.38 - $25.34|
|Total Pay (||$29,761 - $58,060|
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 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.
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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.
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