Food Service Director Salary
The majority of Food Service Directors in the United States — just below two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $31K to $75K per year, and the median is $51K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by the company and years of experience. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, roughly a fifth claim no health benefits at all. Most Food Service Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$32,321 - $75,286|
|Bonus||$978 - $9,693|
|Total Pay (||$30,661 - $75,047|
|Hourly Rate||$12.45 - $27.03|
|Overtime||$17.55 - $34.26|
|Bonus||$978 - $9,693|
|Total Pay (||$30,661 - $75,047|
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
- 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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Director
Compass Group, Aramark, Compass Group Usa Inc, Aramark Correctional Services, Inc., and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Food Service Directors. Aramark Higher Education attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $71K. Also paying near the top of the field are Aramark Food Services at $69K, Sodexo, Inc. at $65K, and Compass Group, where Food Service Directors annually earn $64K.
Also approaching the lower end are Brookdale at $42K, HCR ManorCare at $46K, and Healthcare Services Group, Inc. at $48K.
Popular Skills for Food Service Director
Food Service Directors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Customer Relationship Management, Budget Management, Operations 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. It is often found that people who know Budget Management are also skilled in Order Inventory.
Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Director
Pay by Experience for a Food Service Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Food Service Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 325 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Food Service Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 379 salaries. An experienced Food Service Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 524 salaries. A Food Service Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 432 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For Food Service Directors, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 61 percent above the national average. Food Service Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+45 percent), Philadelphia (+29 percent), Boston (+25 percent), and Austin (+23 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Food Service Directors in Rochester earning a whopping 24 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 16 percent less in Lansing and 7 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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