Director of Catering Salary

Directors of Catering in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent roughly three-fifths of Directors of Catering. Salaries average out to around $57K per year and spread from $38K to $87K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although slightly less than a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Female Directors of Catering make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. For the most part, Directors of Catering enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,660 - $82,613
$37K
$57K
$83K
MEDIAN: $56,859
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50%
90%

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$11.50 - $29.48
$12
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$36,660 - $82,613  
   
Bonus
$293.61 - $19,574  
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
Commission
$4,810 - $21,863  
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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$38,252 - $87,470  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 247
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.50 - $29.48  
   
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
$293.61 - $19,574  
   
Commission
$4,810 - $21,863  
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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$38,252 - $87,470  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Directors of Catering may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Director of Hospitality Sales. Directors of Hospitality Sales on average make about as much as Directors of Catering do.

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Popular Skills for Director of Catering


Job skills reported by Directors of Catering are limited. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Sales, Event Management, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Those familiar with Event Planning also tend to know Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Catering

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


Directors of Catering do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $45K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $60K. Directors of Catering with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $63K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Directors of Catering with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $66K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,350

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

Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Directors of Catering, 32 percent higher than the national average. Directors of Catering will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+21 percent), Miami (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Philadelphia (+12 percent). Directors of Catering in Dallas make 32 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (16 percent lower) and Denver (10 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Director of Catering

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Director of Catering Salaries

▲12%

▲6%

▼0%

National Average
$59,000

▼24%

Skills That Affect Director of Catering Salaries


▲5%



National Average
$59,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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