Food Service Director Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Food service directors can work in a variety of environments. They can be in banquet halls, hospitals covering patient and employee meals, and cafeterias for primary schools, higher education, or businesses. They communicate daily with the employees they manage and outside vendors, and they may be required to deal with customers as well. This can include patients, students and employees.
Food service directors normally work in an office within the kitchen they manage. They work during the normal business week, Monday through Friday, during normal business hours. However, when problems arise, they are expected to step in and ensure that things run smoothly. As a result, they may have to work outside of those normal hours. Also, in banquet hall environments, hours can vary wildly.
Food service directors typically have a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, dietetics, hospitality, culinary arts, business or a related field; an advanced degree can be preferred by some employers. They usually also have several years of experience in the food service field--the minimum typically being three years. They often have experience in management as well. Food service managers can receive additional certifications, such as Servsafe, to enhance their portfolio.
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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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
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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