Food Service Director Salary

Food Service Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and two in three have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $51K annually, but may range from $30K to $75K per year. Final cash compensation to Food Service Directors varies from around $30K to approximately $75K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $7K and $10K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. For the most part, Food Service Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Food Service Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,958 - $74,929

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$11.22 - $26.70

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$31,958 - $74,929  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,447  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,213  
Commission
$0.00 - $13,702  
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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$30,352 - $75,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,233
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.22 - $26.70  
   
Overtime
$17.11 - $32.87  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,447  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $13,702  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,213  
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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$30,352 - $75,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 188
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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.

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Food Service Director Tasks

  • Oversee, plan and direct the nutrition services program.
  • Oversee departmental staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Director


Dominating the field, Aramark, Aramark Corporation, Aramark Food Services, Aramark Higher Education, and Compass Group are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Food Service Directors. The biggest paychecks can be found at Compass Group — the median salary there is $67K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $44K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $101K. Food Service Directors will also find cushy salaries at Aramark Food Services (+$65K), Aramark Higher Education (+$64K), and Aramark Corporation (+$61K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Healthcare Services Group, Inc. at $43K, and Aramark Correctional Services, Inc. where $50K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Food Service Directors there earn up to $58K.

Popular Skills for Food Service Director


Food Service Directors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Customer Relationship Management, Nutrition, Budget Management, and Budgeting are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Menu Planning as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Scheduling and Inventory Management also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Budget Management are also skilled in 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $42K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $49K. Food Service Directors bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $57K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Food Service Directors, 37 percent higher than the national average. Food Service Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+29 percent), Boston (+28 percent), San Diego (+24 percent), and Austin (+23 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Cleveland.

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Experience Affects Food Service Director Salaries



National Average
$50,000



Skills That Affect Food Service Director Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 13%

Budget Management
up arrow 3%

Nutrition
up arrow 3%

Budgeting
up arrow 2%

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Order Inventory
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 4%


Customer Service
up arrow 7%

Inventory Management
up arrow 7%

Scheduling
up arrow 25%

Menu Planning
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 252 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 19%
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