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Director of Catering Salary

Directors of Catering in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $42K to $89K per year, median earnings come to $58K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Directors of Catering survey respondents are women (75 percent). A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,149 - $80,240
MEDIAN: $57,824

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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.
$39,149 - $80,240  
$302.01 - $15,374  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $25,434  
$1,000 - $29,479  
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).
$41,567 - $89,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 416

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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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Although many Directors of Catering transition into Director of Hospitality Sales roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $54K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Catering

Directors of Catering report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Sales, Event Planning, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Event Management. Most people who know Event Planning also know Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Catering

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

Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Directors of Catering — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $49K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $63K. Directors of Catering bring in $67K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location

Home to some of the best pay for Directors of Catering, New York offers exceptional salaries, 34 percent above the national average. Directors of Catering will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+32 percent), Chicago (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Miami (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Denver. Employers in Dallas and St. Petersburg also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Event Planning
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Event Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.


75 %
25 %

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: 83% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 15%