Food Service Director Salary

Food Service Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and roughly two in three have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $51K annually, but may range from $31K to $75K per year. Total cash compensation to Food Service Directors approaches anywhere from $31K on the lower end to $75K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $8K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. Job satisfaction for Food Service Directors is high. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$32,110 - $74,207
(Median)
$32K
$51K
$74K
MEDIAN: $50,869
10%
50%
90%

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$11.58 - $27.12
(Median)
$12
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,110 - $74,207  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,895  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,137  
Commission
$0.00 - $13,574  
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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$30,798 - $74,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,493
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.58 - $27.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.67  
Overtime
$17.65 - $33.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,895  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $13,574  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,137  
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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$30,798 - $74,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 225
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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.

Common Career Paths for Food Service Director


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Food Service Directors who move into a Dietary Manager role may often bring in a much lower salary. On average, Dietary Managers earn $34K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Director


Aramark, Aramark Corporation, Aramark Food Services, Compass Group, and Aramark Higher Education are all popular places to work. The biggest paychecks can be found at Compass Group — the median salary there is $65K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $40K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $99K. Also paying near the top of the field are Aramark Food Services at $65K, Aramark Higher Education at $64K, and Aramark Corporation, where Food Service Directors annually earn $61K.

With a reported median salary of only $36K, The Nutrition Group easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are about half the top paying employer's rate. Also approaching the lower end are A'Viands at $41K, Healthcare Services Group, Inc. at $44K, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. at $48K.

Popular Skills for Food Service Director


Food Service Directors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Human Resources, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Nutrition are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 16 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Scheduling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Inventory Management and People Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $43K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $49K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Food Service Directors make a median salary of $53K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $55K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,136

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

For Food Service Directors, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Food Service Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+28 percent), Philadelphia (+21 percent), and Austin (+15 percent). Cleveland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent.

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Experience Affects Food Service Director Salaries



National Average
$50,000



Skills That Affect Food Service Director Salaries

Human Resources
up arrow 25%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 16%

Nutrition
up arrow 4%

Budgeting
up arrow 2%

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

Budget Management
up arrow 1%

Menu Planning
0%

National Average
$50,000

Order Inventory
up arrow 4%


People Management
up arrow 6%

Customer Service
up arrow 6%

Inventory Management
up arrow 20%

Scheduling
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 279 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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