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Director Food and Nutrition Services Salary

Between two-thirds and three-fourths of Directors of Food and Nutrition Services in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $37K to $91K per year, but median earnings come to around $60K per year. Total cash compensation for Directors of Food and Nutrition Services runs from $37K to $91K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $15K. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Directors of Food and Nutrition Services is high. Women Directors of Food and Nutrition Services who took the survey just slightly outnumber men.

$39,354 - $88,940
(Median)
$39K
$60K
$89K
MEDIAN: $59,798
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50%
90%

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$10.40 - $34.69
(Median)
$10
$19
$35
MEDIAN: $19.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$39,354 - $88,940  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,910  
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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$37,090 - $90,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 564
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.40 - $34.69  
   
Overtime
$1.36 - $45.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,910  
   
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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$37,090 - $90,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63

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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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It is somewhat unusual to come across Directors of Food and Nutrition Services who move on to become District Managers of Food & Facilities, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $66K. A lot of Directors of Food and Nutrition Services advance their careers by becoming Food Service Directors and Food Service Hospital Directors. However, those positions offer $9K less and $2K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Director Food and Nutrition Services


Directors of Food and Nutrition Services in search of the best pay head to Sodexo, Inc., where the median salary rolls in at $77K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $97K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $56K.

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, Training, Budget Management, and Nutrition are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Directors of Food and Nutrition Services — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $46K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $54K. Directors of Food and Nutrition Services bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Directors of Food and Nutrition Services reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $67K.

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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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 13%
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