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Food Service Director Salary

With nearly two-thirds of Food Service Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Food Service Directors is $51K annually and can range from $30K on the lower end to $75K per year near the higher end. Overall cash earnings for Food Service Directors stretch from $30K on the lower end to $75K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Food Service Directors. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance.

$31,968 - $74,232
(Median)
$32K
$51K
$74K
MEDIAN: $51,156
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90%

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$11.64 - $26.86
(Median)
$12
$17
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,968 - $74,232  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,437  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,219  
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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$30,391 - $74,970  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,116
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.64 - $26.86  
   
Overtime
$15.86 - $32.40  
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 - $7,437  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $13,702  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,219  
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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$30,391 - $74,970  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 171

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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


Dominating the field, Aramark, Aramark Corporation, Aramark Food Services, Aramark Higher Education, and Aramark Correctional Services, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Food Service Directors. Compass Group does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $67K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $46K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $102K. 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.

Healthcare Services Group, Inc., Aramark Correctional Services, Inc., and Aramark also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $43K, $50K, and $54K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Food Service Director


Survey results imply that Food Service Directors deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Customer Relationship Management, Nutrition, Budgeting, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Menu Planning and Scheduling also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $43K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $49K. For Food Service Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $57K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Food Service Directors, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Food Service Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+29 percent), Boston (+28 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), and San Diego (+24 percent). The lowest-paying market is Minneapolis, which sits 6 percent below 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 9%

Scheduling
up arrow 25%

Menu Planning
up arrow 28%

Customer Service
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 246 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: 78% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 18%
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