Director Food and Nutrition Services Salary

Directors of Food and Nutrition Services in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with more than two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $60K per year on average but can range from $37K to $90K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to Directors of Food and Nutrition Services can bottom out near $37K or peak near $90K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the specific company. Women Directors of Food and Nutrition Services who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Work is enjoyable for Directors of Food and Nutrition Services, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,299 - $88,581
(Median)
$39K
$60K
$89K
MEDIAN: $59,767
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$11.27 - $35.56
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$11
$19
$36
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$39,299 - $88,581  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,847  
Profit Sharing
$101.01 - $14,848  
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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$36,990 - $89,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 568
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.27 - $35.56  
   
Overtime
$1.43 - $45.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,847  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.01 - $14,848  
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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$36,990 - $89,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | 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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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 often move into positions as Food Service Directors or Food Service Hospital Directors. Food Service Directors actually earn $9K less on average, however, and Food Service Hospital Directors earn $2K less per year than Directors of Food and Nutrition Services do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Director Food and Nutrition Services


With a median salary of $77K, Sodexo, Inc. offers Directors of Food and Nutrition Services the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $56K and are capped at $97K.

Popular Skills for Director Food and Nutrition Services


Typical 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, with boosts between 5 percent and 7 percent. Most people experienced in Budget Management also 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 many Directors of Food and Nutrition Services, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $46K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $54K. For Directors of Food and Nutrition Services, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $59K. Directors of Food and Nutrition Services who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $66K.

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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




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National Average
$59,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 14%