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Director of Catering Salary

With between two-thirds and three-fourths of Directors of Catering in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $43K to $89K per year and averages out to $59K per year. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Directors of Catering enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Female Directors of Catering make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$39,846 - $80,877
MEDIAN: $58,559

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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.
$39,846 - $80,877  
$481.77 - $15,388  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $25,434  
$-0.49 - $29,590  
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).
$43,342 - $89,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 387
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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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Directors of Catering often transition into an upper level Director of Hospitality Sales position and may see a small drop in pay. Directors of Hospitality Sales earn $54K on average.

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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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Event Management. It is often found that people who know Event Planning are also skilled in 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $52K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $64K. On average, Directors of Catering make $68K following one to two decades on the job. Directors of Catering who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location

Directors of Catering earn a generous sum in eastern parts of the United States: New York, Washington, and Boston each offer salaries above the national average. Directors of Catering' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Directors of Catering in Denver bring in salaries that are 23 percent lower than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Petersburg and Dallas (14 percent lower and 7 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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.


76 %
24 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 14%