Food Service Director Salary

Food Service Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — about two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $30K to $76K per year, median earnings come to $51K annually. Total cash compensation to Food Service Directors bottoms out near $30K and approaches $76K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $8K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Women Food Service Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$31,839 - $75,004
(Median)
$32K
$51K
$75K
MEDIAN: $51,276
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50%
90%

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$11.64 - $26.76
(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
$31,839 - $75,004  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,562  
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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$30,356 - $75,529  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,207
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.64 - $26.76  
   
Overtime
$17.11 - $32.87  
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 - $7,562  
   
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).
)
$30,356 - $75,529  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 185
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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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Food Service Directors include Aramark, Aramark Corporation, Aramark Food Services, Aramark Higher Education, and Compass Group. Although Compass Group heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $67K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $44K to $101K. Other big spenders include Aramark Food Services, Aramark Higher Education, and Aramark Corporation, top-paying firms where Food Service Directors see paychecks nearing $65K, $64K, or $61K.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Healthcare Services Group, Inc. ($43K), Aramark Correctional Services, Inc. ($50K), and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. ($52K).

Popular Skills for Food Service Director


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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. The majority of those who know 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 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. Food Service Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $53K. Food Service Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $57K.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Food Service Directors, 36 percent higher than the national average. Food Service Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+28 percent), San Diego (+24 percent), Philadelphia (+23 percent), and Boston (+23 percent). Cleveland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Food Service Director Salaries



National Average
$51,000



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
$51,000

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
17%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

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