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Director of Catering Salary

Directors of Catering in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent between two-thirds and three-fourths of Directors of Catering. Salaries average out to around $58K per year and spread from $42K to $89K per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Directors of Catering make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Catering. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,385 - $80,129
MEDIAN: $57,995

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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.
$39,385 - $80,129  
$305.21 - $15,361  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $25,434  
$-0.49 - $29,535  
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).
$41,831 - $89,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 410

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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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Many Directors of Catering move into Director of Hospitality Sales roles. Directors of Hospitality Sales seem to make a little less than Directors of Catering as their salaries average out to $54K a year.

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Popular Skills for Director of Catering

Typical 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 pay less than market rate include Event Management. Those familiar with Event Planning also tend to 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $49K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $64K. Directors of Catering with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $67K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $68K.

Pay Difference by Location

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Directors of Catering, 34 percent higher than the national average. Directors of Catering will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+23 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Miami (+9 percent). Denver ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas (14 percent lower) and St. Petersburg (12 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Director of Catering Salaries

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Skills That Affect Director of Catering Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.


77 %
23 %

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: 83% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 15%