Director of Catering Salary

Directors of Catering in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with three in five bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $59K per year on average but can range from $38K to $89K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — roughly a fifth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Catering. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Directors of Catering making up 79 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$36,076 - $83,691
$36K
$59K
$84K
MEDIAN: $58,709
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50%
90%

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$11.50 - $29.48
$12
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.20
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50%
90%

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$0$89K
Salary $36,076 - $83,691
Bonus $293.61 - $20,273
Profit Sharing $1,000
Commission $2,250 - $20,812
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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$38,053 - $89,167
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 225
Hourly Data $0$29
Hourly Rate $11.50 - $29.48
Hourly Tips $4.47
Overtime $23.25
Annual Data $0$89K
Bonus $293.61 - $20,273
Commission $2,250 - $20,812
Profit Sharing $1,000
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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$38,053 - $89,167
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 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.

Common Career Paths for Director of Catering


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Directors of Catering who advance into a position like Director of Hospitality Sales may end up working for a little less. On average, Directors of Hospitality Sales take home $54K annually.

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Popular Skills for Director of Catering


Directors of Catering report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Sales, Event Management, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Event Planning also know Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Catering

Pay by Experience for a Director of Catering has a positive trend. An entry-level Director of Catering with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 71 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Director of Catering with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 88 salaries. An experienced Director of Catering which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 99 salaries. A Director of Catering with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 66 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,104

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

For Directors of Catering, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Directors of Catering will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+27 percent), Washington (+18 percent), Miami (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Directors of Catering in Dallas report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 34 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Denver (18 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

Director of Catering Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Director of Catering?

Director of Catering in New York:
"One Crazy Big City."
Pros: There is so much to do. It is awesome to get out of work sometimes and be able to go anywhere in the city and eat almost any kind of cuisine you can think of! It is beautiful at times to be able to see the wonders of the city from either your commute or even your own workplace.
Cons: The distance. An hour commute is an hour commute.

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Key Stats for Director of Catering

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Director of Catering Salaries

▲10%

▲4%

National Average
$61,000

▼2%

▼26%

Skills That Affect Director of Catering Salaries


▲4%



National Average
$61,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 20%
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