Director Food and Nutrition Services Salary

Close to two-thirds 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 $38K to $93K per year, and the average comes out to $61K annually. Total cash earnings of Directors of Food and Nutrition Services range from $38K on the low end to $93K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $15K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Most Directors of Food and Nutrition Services like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Women make up a slight majority of Directors of Food and Nutrition Services (55 percent) survey respondents. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$39,960 - $91,098
(Median)
$40K
$61K
$91K
MEDIAN: $60,791
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$11.70 - $41.45
(Median)
$12
$22
$41
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$39,960 - $91,098  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,992  
Profit Sharing
$100.33 - $14,950  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$37,639 - $92,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 558
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $41.45  
   
Overtime
$1.29 - $45.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,992  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$100.33 - $14,950  
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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$37,639 - $92,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 69
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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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Directors of Food and Nutrition Services' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Food & Facilities District Manager. On average, District Managers of Food & Facilities get paid about the same as Directors of Food and Nutrition Services do. Directors of Food and Nutrition Services most often move into Food Service Director or Food Service Hospital Director roles. However, the former pays $11K less on average, and the latter pays $3K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Director Food and Nutrition Services


Although Compass Group leads the field in pay with a median salary of $80K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $41K on the low end all the way up to $107K at the top.

Popular Skills for Director Food and Nutrition Services


Directors of Food and Nutrition Services who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Budget Management, Training, and Nutrition are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Those familiar with Budget Management also tend to know 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 Directors of Food and Nutrition Services, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $49K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $57K. Directors of Food and Nutrition Services with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $63K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $70K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Director Food and Nutrition Services Salaries



National Average
$60,000



Skills That Affect Director Food and Nutrition Services Salaries



Training
up arrow 4%

Nutrition
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National Average
$60,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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