Director of Catering Salary

The majority of Directors of Catering in the United States — a little under three-quarters — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $42K to $89K per year, and the median is $58K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of Directors of Catering claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Directors of Catering making up 75 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$39,322 - $80,378
MEDIAN: $57,791

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$39,322 - $80,378  
$310.94 - $15,518  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $25,000  
$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).
$41,591 - $89,131  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 431
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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.

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Popular Skills for Director of Catering

Directors of Catering only 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Event Management. Most people familiar with 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.

For Directors of Catering, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $50K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $63K. On average, Directors of Catering make $67K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+34 percent), Chicago (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and Miami (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 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

National Average

Skills That Affect Director of Catering Salaries

Sales Management
up arrow 3%

Event Planning


National Average

Event Management
up arrow 9%

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: 84% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 15%