Food Service Director Salary
With just under two-thirds of Food Service Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $31K to $75K per year and averages out to $51K per year. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, about one in five claim no health benefits at all. Most Food Service Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up a slight majority of Food Service Directors (51 percent) survey respondents. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
|Salary||$32,125 - $75,014|
|Bonus||$978 - $9,646|
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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).)
|$30,655 - $75,055|
|Hourly Rate||$12.13 - $26.82|
|Overtime||$17.59 - $33.99|
|Bonus||$978 - $9,646|
|Total Pay (||$30,655 - $75,055|
Job Description for Food Service Director
Food service directors are responsible for the overall function of dining services. They plan, organize, direct and manage their departments. They must have in depth knowledge of local and state health and sanitation codes, as well as safety regulations. They ensure that their entire department is in compliance with those codes and company procedures when handling, preparing and serving food. Additionally, food service directors are responsible for the budget of the food service department. They may also be responsible for purchasing food and supplies. Aside from overseeing and staffing individuals who handle food and service, they also may oversee maintenance, sanitation and inventory within their area.Read More...
Food service directors can work in a variety of environments. They can be in banquet halls, hospitals covering patient and employee meals, and cafeterias for primary schools, higher education, or businesses. They communicate daily with the employees they manage and outside vendors, and they may be required to deal with customers as well. This can include patients, students and employees.
Food service directors normally work in an office within the kitchen they manage. They work during the normal business week, Monday through Friday, during normal business hours. However, when problems arise, they are expected to step in and ensure that things run smoothly. As a result, they may have to work outside of those normal hours. Also, in banquet hall environments, hours can vary wildly.
Food service directors typically have a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, dietetics, hospitality, culinary arts, business or a related field; an advanced degree can be preferred by some employers. They usually also have several years of experience in the food service field--the minimum typically being three years. They often have experience in management as well. Food service managers can receive additional certifications, such as Servsafe, to enhance their portfolio.
Food Service Director Tasks
- Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.
- Ensure services are in compliance with nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
- Oversee, plan and direct the nutrition services program.
- Oversee departmental staff operations, business planning and budget development.
Common Career Paths for Food Service Director
Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Director
Leading companies who hire large numbers of Food Service Directors include Compass Group, Aramark, Compass Group Usa Inc, Aramark Food Services, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Aramark Higher Education offers the most; Food Service Directors earn $71K on average there. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Aramark Food Services, Sodexo, Inc., and Compass Group, top-paying firms where Food Service Directors rake in a $66K, $64K, or $64K, respectively.
Workers at Brookdale, HCR ManorCare, and Healthcare Services Group, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $42K, $46K, and $48K respectively.
Popular Skills for Food Service Director
Survey results imply that Food Service Directors deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Customer Relationship Management, Operations Management, Budget Management, and Budgeting are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Scheduling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Nutrition and People Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Budget Management also know Order Inventory.
Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Director
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Food Service Directors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $47K. On average, Food Service Directors make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Food Service Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $55K.
Pay Difference by Location
San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Food Service Directors, 61 percent above the national average. Food Service Directors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+48 percent), New York (+45 percent), Los Angeles (+34 percent), and Philadelphia (+25 percent). Chicago is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average.
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