Director Food and Nutrition Services Salary
With just under two-thirds of Directors of Food and Nutrition Services 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 $37K to $97K per year and averages out to $60K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. More than half of Directors of Food and Nutrition Services (62 percent) survey participants are women. Most Directors of Food and Nutrition Services like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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, 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.
Common Career Paths for Director Food and Nutrition Services
It doesn't happen often, but some Directors of Food and Nutrition Services do move on to become District Managers of Food & Facilities. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $66K per year. Directors of Food and Nutrition Services most often move into Food Service Director or Food Service Hospital Director roles. However, the former pays $9K less on average, and the latter pays $1K less.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Director Food and Nutrition Services
Compass Group attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $92K.
Popular Skills for Director Food and Nutrition Services
Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Directors of Food and Nutrition Services who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Training, Budget Management, and Nutrition are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Budget Management also know Nutrition and Training.
Pay by Experience Level for Director Food and Nutrition Services
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Directors of Food and Nutrition Services with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $50K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $60K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $64K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $73K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.