Director of Catering Salary

The majority of Directors of Catering in the United States — just under three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $38K to $88K per year, and the median is $58K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Directors of Catering survey respondents are women (76 percent). While one in five report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,215 - $83,722
$37K
$58K
$84K
MEDIAN: $57,569
10%
50%
90%

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$11.58 - $29.36
$12
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.37
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$37,215 - $83,722  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,089  
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
Commission
$1,546 - $20,948  
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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$38,381 - $88,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 231
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.58 - $29.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.47  
Overtime
$23.25  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,089  
   
Commission
$1,546 - $20,948  
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
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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$38,381 - $88,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 20

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Job Description for Director of Catering

A director of catering is a food preparation and service manager who typically works to serve larger groups. They supervise the creation of a menu and then oversees preparation, service, and cleanup. This person may supervise middle managers who run service or aspects of the kitchen as well. Typically, a company or organization employs a director of catering when they expect to host frequent large-scale meetings; these can be within the company, for example, or hosting prospective clients and customers. Hotels, corporations, and large non-profit organizations are typical employers of a catering director.

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Director of Catering Tasks

  • Supervise on and off site preparation of food and the serving of food at the event.
  • Work with customers to plan and budget event food service.
  • Manage logistics for catered event and ensure that the required equipment, personnel, and supplies are available when needed.
  • Oversee the set up and clean up of catered events.

Common Career Paths for Director of Catering


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Directors of Catering tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Director of Hospitality Sales. The two jobs pay about the same on average.

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Popular Skills for Director of Catering


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Directors of Catering who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Sales, Event Management, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 7 percent. Most people skilled in Event Planning are similarly competent in Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Catering

Pay by Experience for a Director of Catering has a positive trend. An entry-level Director of Catering with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 71 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Director of Catering 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 88 salaries. An experienced Director of Catering which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 99 salaries. A Director of Catering with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 66 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,784

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 31 percent, Directors of Catering in Chicago receive some of the highest pay in the country. Directors of Catering can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+29 percent), Washington (+20 percent), Miami (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). Directors of Catering' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Directors of Catering in Dallas bring in salaries that are 32 percent lower than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Denver (16 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Director of Catering

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Director of Catering Salaries

▲12%

▲7%

▲1%

National Average
$60,000

▼25%

Skills That Affect Director of Catering Salaries


▲6%



National Average
$60,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 21%