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. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. 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. Most Directors of Catering like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$39,521 - $80,333
MEDIAN: $57,791

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$39,521 - $80,333  
$307.67 - $15,547  
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).
$41,679 - $88,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 437
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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 report a narrow range of 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. Most people skilled in Event Planning are similarly competent in Sales.

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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $49K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $63K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Directors of Catering make a median salary of $67K. Directors of Catering with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $68K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Directors of Catering, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Directors of Catering can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+35 percent), Chicago (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and Miami (+10 percent). Denver is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Dallas and St. Petersburg are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Director of Catering Salaries

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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: 84% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 15%