Food Service Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just below two-thirds of Food Service Directors. Pay fluctuates from $31K to $74K per year, but expected earnings average $51K annually. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Women make up a slight majority of Food Service Directors (51 percent) survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,259 - $74,293
$32K
$51K
$74K
MEDIAN: $50,957
10%
50%
90%

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$11.62 - $25.98
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,259 - $74,293  
   
Bonus
$985 - $9,700  
Profit Sharing
$2,300  
Commission
$2,000  
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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$30,668 - $74,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,189
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.62 - $25.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.90  
Overtime
$17.56 - $34.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$985 - $9,700  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,300  
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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$30,668 - $74,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 193

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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 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.

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Food Service Directors may see a hefty downturn in earnings if they take top-notch roles like Dietary Manager. The average pay for a Dietary Manager is $34K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Director


Known for taking on a considerable number of Food Service Directors, Compass Group, Aramark, Aramark Food Services, Compass Group Usa Inc, and HCR ManorCare are leading firms in the industry. For Food Service Directors, comfortable salaries can be found at Aramark Higher Education; in fact, median earnings sit around $73K, the highest in the area. Compass Group, Aramark Food Services, and Aramark are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Food Service Directors earning around $67K, $65K, or $62K at each firm, respectively.

Brookdale, Healthcare Services Group, Inc., and HCR ManorCare are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($42K, $47K, and $48K respectively).

Popular Skills for Food Service Director


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Human Resources, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 15 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Those listing Scheduling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Nutrition and Customer Service also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Budget Management also tend to 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $48K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $55K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,749

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Food Service Directors, 55 percent higher than the national average. Food Service Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+48 percent), New York (+35 percent), Los Angeles (+35 percent), and Philadelphia (+25 percent). The lowest-paying market is Buffalo, which sits 11 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Food Service Director

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 188 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
34%
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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 21%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 15%

Budget Management
up arrow 3%

Operations Management
up arrow 2%

Budgeting
up arrow 1%

Inventory Management
0%

National Average
$50,000

management
up arrow 1%

Menu Planning
up arrow 2%

Order Inventory
up arrow 4%

Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 4%


People Management
up arrow 6%

Customer Service
up arrow 9%

Nutrition
up arrow 13%

Scheduling
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 188 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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