Director Food and Nutrition Services Salary
The majority of Directors of Food and Nutrition Services in the United States — just below two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $33K to $96K per year, and the median is $62K annually. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Food and Nutrition Services. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$39,638 - $95,039|
|Bonus||$1,008 - $10,101|
|Total Pay (||$33,227 - $95,809|
|Hourly Rate||$10.28 - $38.53|
|Overtime||$13.18 - $32.55|
|Bonus||$1,008 - $10,101|
|Total Pay (||$33,227 - $95,809|
Job Description for Director Food and Nutrition Services
A director of food and nutritional service's main role is to provide a nutrition program that benefits clients and meets all federal requirements. Knowledge of standards related to the preparation and distribution of foods is necessary, as is knowing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations, safety and cleanliness rules, and public relations techniques. Directors of food and nutritional service also need to understand basic computer software and communicate well through email, over the phone, and in person.Read More...
A director of food and nutritional services must be able to maintain a network of professional contacts and stay up to date with current trends and practices in their field. They must also help prepare their department's or program's budget, as well as represent the program within their organization and with the public. He or she must oversee the preparation of all reports and records, as well as collaborate with various departments or agencies in relevant program planning.
Qualifications for this position typically include a bachelor’s degree with a specialization in food and nutrition or business management. The director of food and nutritional services must be certified and typically must have prior experience in food service management. He or she should be able to pass a drug screening and/or criminal background test. A director of food and nutritional services' position may involve some light lifting, such as carrying boxes or parcels of up to 25 pounds.
Director Food and Nutrition Services Tasks
- Oversee departmental staff operations, business planning and budget development.
- 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 inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.
Common Career Paths for Director Food and Nutrition Services
It is somewhat unusual to come across Directors of Food and Nutrition Services who move on to become District Managers of Food & Facilities, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $66K. Directors of Food and Nutrition Services most often advance into Food Service Director and Food Service Hospital Director positions even though the median salaries are $10K lower and $2K lower, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Director Food and Nutrition Services
For Directors of Food and Nutrition Services, comfortable salaries can be found at Compass Group; in fact, median earnings sit around $95K, the highest in the area.
Popular Skills for Director Food and Nutrition Services
Directors of Food and Nutrition Services report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Budget Management, Training, and Nutrition are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Budget Management indicates knowledge of Nutrition and Training.
Pay by Experience Level for Director Food and Nutrition Services
Pay by Experience for a Director Food and Nutrition Services has a positive trend. An entry-level Director Food and Nutrition Services with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 105 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Director Food and Nutrition Services with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 98 salaries. An experienced Director Food and Nutrition Services which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 151 salaries. A Director Food and Nutrition Services with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 101 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For Directors of Food and Nutrition Services, busy Tampa offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 45 percent above the national average. Directors of Food and Nutrition Services can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+43 percent), Chicago (+40 percent), Dallas (+30 percent), and Miami (+16 percent). In Los Angeles, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Antonio (7 percent less) and Boston (5 percent less).
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