Dietary Director Salary

Dietary Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent slightly less than three-fifths of Dietary Directors. Salaries average out to around $44K per year and spread from $31K to $60K per year. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Women make up a slight majority of Dietary Directors (58 percent) survey respondents. Most Dietary Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,013 - $59,831

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$12.85 - $28.95

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$34,013 - $59,831  
   
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$0.00 - $5,000  
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$30,521 - $59,704  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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$12.85 - $28.95  
   
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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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$30,521 - $59,704  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $40K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $44K. On average, Dietary Directors make $42K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $46K on average.

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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
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 19%
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