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Director Food and Nutrition Services Salary (United States)

A little under three-quarters of Directors of Food and Nutrition Services in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $36K to $89K per year, and the average comes out to $59K per year. In the world of Directors of Food and Nutrition Services, total cash compensation can vary between $36K and $89K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $5K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Director Food and Nutrition Services Salary (?
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$38,828 - $87,816
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MEDIAN: $58,906
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Director Food and Nutrition Services Salary (?
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$10.41 - $35.56
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$38,828 - $87,816  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,706  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $5,152  
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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$36,310 - $89,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 583
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Hourly Rate
$10.41 - $35.56  
   
Overtime
$1.49 - $44.70  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,706  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $5,152  
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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$36,310 - $89,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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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.
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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

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For Directors of Food and Nutrition Services, advancing into a Food & Facilities District Manager role, where the median salary is $65K, is not typical but is also not out of the question. Directors of Food and Nutrition Services most frequently become Food Service Directors and Food Service Hospital Directors even though median compensation is $8K lower and $1K lower, respectively.

Nutrition Services Director Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Director Food and Nutrition Services

Although salaries only range from $56K to just $97K, Sodexo, Inc. still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $77K.

Popular Skills for Director Food and Nutrition Services

Survey takers who work as Directors of Food and Nutrition Services typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Budget Management, Training, and Nutrition are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 7 percent. For most people, competency in Budget Management indicates knowledge of Training and Nutrition.

Pay by Experience Level for Director Food and Nutrition Services

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Directors of Food and Nutrition Services, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $46K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $54K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $60K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $65K.

Pay Difference By Location

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$59,000
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For those looking to make money, Directors of Food and Nutrition Services in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Directors of Food and Nutrition Services will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+18 percent) and Philadelphia (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 1 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Houston.

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Experience Affects Director Food and Nutrition Services Salaries

National Average
$59,000

Skills That Affect Director Food and Nutrition Services Salaries

Nutrition
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National Average
$59,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
51%
female alumni
 
Male
49%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 14%