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Director of Catering Salary

A little under three-quarters of Directors of Catering in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $42K to $89K per year, but median earnings come to around $58K per year. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Directors of Catering make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$39,232 - $80,323
MEDIAN: $57,952

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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.
$39,232 - $80,323  
$306.39 - $15,434  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $25,434  
$1,939 - $29,421  
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).
$41,520 - $89,356  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 423
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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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Many Directors of Catering transition into upper-level roles like Director of Hospitality Sales. However, Directors of Hospitality Sales do report a slightly lower median income of $54K per year.

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Popular Skills for Director of Catering

Directors of Catering who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Sales, Event Planning, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Event Management. Those familiar with Event Planning also tend to know Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Catering

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

The average beginner in this position makes around $49K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $64K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $67K. Directors of Catering with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location

For Directors of Catering, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Directors of Catering will also find cushy salaries in New York (+34 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Miami (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Denver is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Dallas and 12 percent less in St. Petersburg, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Director of Catering Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Director of Catering Salaries

Sales Management
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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%