Director of Catering Salary

Directors of Catering in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $58K per year, but may range from $41K to $89K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Directors of Catering making up 77 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$39,323 - $81,277

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National Salary Data (?
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$39,323 - $81,277  
$303.04 - $15,456  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $29,362  
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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).
$41,365 - $88,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 453
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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.


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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For Directors of Catering who take on Director of Hospitality Sales roles, career progression may result in somewhat decreased compensation. On average, the latter position pays $54K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Catering

Directors of Catering who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Sales, Event Planning, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Event Management. Most people familiar with Event Planning also know Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Catering

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

For many Directors of Catering, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $49K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $63K. Directors of Catering bring in $67K after working for 10 to 20 years. Directors of Catering who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $69K.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, Directors of Catering in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Directors of Catering will also find cushy salaries in New York (+34 percent), Chicago (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Miami (+10 percent). Denver ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (13 percent lower) and St. Petersburg (12 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Director of Catering Salaries

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Skills That Affect Director of Catering Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.


77 %
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 15%