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.

$36,821 - $81,725
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$37K
$57K
$82K
MEDIAN: $56,671
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$11.34 - $29.70
(Median)
$11
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$36,821 - $81,725  
   
Bonus
$293.61 - $18,548  
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
Commission
$4,810 - $21,863  
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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$38,269 - $86,874  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 251
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.34 - $29.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.47  
Overtime
$23.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$293.61 - $18,548  
   
Commission
$4,810 - $21,863  
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
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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$38,269 - $86,874  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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

  • 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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Directors of Catering sometimes move into a Director of Hospitality Sales role, where the salary is similar.

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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

National Average: $59,016

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

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Experience Affects Director of Catering Salaries




National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect Director of Catering Salaries


Sales
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National Average
$59,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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