Director Food and Nutrition Services Salary
Directors of Food and Nutrition Services in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent three-fifths of Directors of Food and Nutrition Services. Salaries average out to around $60K annually and spread from $35K to $96K per year. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Women account for the majority of Directors of Food and Nutrition Services who responded to the questionnaire — 61 percent to be exact. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$40,369 - $94,638|
|Bonus||$997 - $10,304|
|Total Pay (||$34,732 - $96,405|
|Hourly Rate||$10.04 - $44.87|
|Overtime||$13.28 - $32.33|
|Bonus||$997 - $10,304|
|Total Pay (||$34,732 - $96,405|
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 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.
Common Career Paths for Director Food and Nutrition Services
Although it's unusual, some Directors of Food and Nutrition Services transition into jobs as District Managers of Food & Facilities. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $66K per year, though. Directors of Food and Nutrition Services most frequently become Food Service Directors and Food Service Hospital Directors even though median compensation is $9K lower and $1K lower, respectively.
Popular Employer Salaries for Director Food and Nutrition Services
Compass Group offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $95K.
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. Those educated in Budget Management tend to be well versed in 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, 47 percent above the national average. Directors of Food and Nutrition Services can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+45 percent), Chicago (+42 percent), Dallas (+32 percent), and Miami (+17 percent). Los Angeles is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Antonio and Boston (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).
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