Food Service Director Salary

Food Service Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up nearly two in three of Food Service Directors. Pay fluctuates from $30K to $75K per year, but expected earnings average $51K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $8K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Food Service Directors can bottom out near $30K or peak near $75K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by the particular city and tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Food Service Directors. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,855 - $74,864
(Median)
$32K
$51K
$75K
MEDIAN: $51,240
10%
50%
90%

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$11.62 - $26.58
(Median)
$12
$17
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$31,855 - $74,864  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,581  
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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$30,319 - $75,455  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,192
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.62 - $26.58  
   
Overtime
$17.03 - $32.83  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,581  
   
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).
)
$30,319 - $75,455  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183
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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


Aramark, Aramark Corporation, Aramark Food Services, Aramark Higher Education, and Compass Group are top-notch employers for Food Service Directors in this area. Employees of Compass Group can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $67K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $44K to $101K. Aramark Food Services, Aramark Higher Education, and Aramark Corporation also offer top salaries for Food Service Directors. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $65K, $64K, and $61K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Healthcare Services Group, Inc. at $43K, Aramark Correctional Services, Inc. at $50K, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc., where $50K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Food Service Director


Survey results imply that Food Service Directors deploy 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 Customer Service also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Budget Management are, more often than not, 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $42K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $49K. For Food Service Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $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 $57K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Food Service Directors that is 36 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Food Service Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+32 percent), San Diego (+24 percent), Boston (+23 percent), and Philadelphia (+21 percent). Cleveland is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average.

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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%

Nutrition
up arrow 3%

Budget Management
up arrow 2%

Budgeting
up arrow 2%

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Order Inventory
up arrow 4%


People Management
up arrow 7%

Inventory Management
up arrow 7%

Customer Service
up arrow 19%

Scheduling
up arrow 25%

Menu Planning
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 249 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 19%
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