Director of Catering Salary
Directors of Catering in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — approximately three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $38K to $87K per year, median earnings come to $57K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, Directors of Catering enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Directors of Catering survey respondents are women (77 percent). Some workers in this field — slightly more than a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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.Read More...
The director works closely with those in charge of the meeting to create a menu that can be served within an allotted time frame and takes any dietary needs into account. The catering director then is expected to execute food service, working with culinary personnel under his or her responsibility to make sure that preparation and service meets all standards. Additionally, catering directors typically have hiring responsibilities and must keep all meals within fairly strict budget guidelines.
To work as a director of catering, a person must typically have substantial experience both in kitchen work for large groups and on the service side as well. Because of the food cost analysis and manpower scheduling required, many companies prefer individuals who also have formal culinary training or a university degrees in hospitality management. Catering directors typically work daytime hours during the week, but events may require extended hours and even weekends depending on the employer.
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 Management, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in Event Planning tend to be well versed in Sales Management.
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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $44K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $59K. Directors of Catering see a median salary of $63K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $67K.
Pay Difference by Location
Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Directors of Catering, 33 percent higher than the national average. Directors of Catering can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+19 percent), Miami (+18 percent), Washington (+16 percent), and Philadelphia (+13 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Directors of Catering in Dallas earning a whopping 30 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Denver (15 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).