Director of Catering Salary

More than two-thirds of Directors of Catering in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $42K to $88K per year, and the average comes out to $58K annually. Location 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. Female Directors of Catering make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. The majority of Directors of Catering claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,388 - $80,307

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National Salary Data (?
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$39,388 - $80,307  
$304.10 - $15,338  
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).
$41,536 - $88,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 438
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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

Survey takers who work as Directors of Catering report a focused set of job 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. For most people, competency in Event Planning indicates knowledge of Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Catering

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

For many Directors of Catering, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $50K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $63K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $67K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $68K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

For Directors of Catering, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Directors of Catering can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+35 percent), Chicago (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Miami (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Denver, 15 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and St. Petersburg (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.


76 %
24 %

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: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 15%