Director of Catering Salary

Directors of Catering in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — approximately two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $41K to $89K per year, median earnings come to $58K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Directors of Catering survey respondents are women (76 percent). Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction for Directors of Catering is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$39,108 - $81,769
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$39K
$58K
$82K
MEDIAN: $58,018
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$13.18 - $21.70
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$39,108 - $81,769  
   
Bonus
$253.42 - $15,196  
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
Commission
$0.00 - $28,837  
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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$40,731 - $89,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 452
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $21.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$20.00  
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
$253.42 - $15,196  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $28,837  
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
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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$40,731 - $89,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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 who transition into a Director of Hospitality Sales position may see pay fall slightly. Median compensation for Directors of Hospitality Sales sits around the $54K per year mark.

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Popular Skills for Director of Catering


Survey takers who work as Directors of Catering usually report a few specific skills. 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. It is often found that people who know Event Planning are also skilled in 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $47K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $63K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Directors of Catering make a median salary of $66K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $69K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,542

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

For those looking to make money, Directors of Catering in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Directors of Catering can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+36 percent), Chicago (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Miami (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Denver. Employers in Dallas and St. Petersburg also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Director of Catering Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Director of Catering Salaries

Sales Management
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Sales
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Event Planning
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National Average
$63,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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