Food Service Director Salary

With about two in three of Food Service Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $31K to $75K per year and averages out to $51K per year. In the world of Food Service Directors, total cash compensation can vary between $31K and $75K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $8K and $10K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. Work is enjoyable for Food Service Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Women Food Service Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men.

$32,110 - $74,207
(Median)
$32K
$51K
$74K
MEDIAN: $50,869
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90%

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$11.58 - $27.12
(Median)
$12
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,110 - $74,207  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,895  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,137  
Commission
$0.00 - $13,574  
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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$30,798 - $74,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,493
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.58 - $27.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.67  
Overtime
$17.65 - $33.90  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,895  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $13,574  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,137  
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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$30,798 - $74,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 225
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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.

Common Career Paths for Food Service Director


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Food Service Directors may experience a considerable drop in salary when they transition into an upper level Dietary Manager position, where pay tends to be around $34K.

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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, Compass Group, and Aramark Higher Education. Compass Group offers the largest salaries in town ($65K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $40K to $99K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Aramark Food Services, Aramark Higher Education, and Aramark Corporation, where earnings of $65K, $64K, or $61K are standard for Food Service Directors.

The Nutrition Group reports the lowest median salary in the area by far — it's only $36K, just about half of the top paying company's median. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are A'Viands ($41K), Healthcare Services Group, Inc. ($44K), and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. ($48K).

Popular Skills for Food Service Director


Food Service Directors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Human Resources, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Nutrition are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 16 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Scheduling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Inventory Management and People Management 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $43K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $49K. Food Service Directors bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $55K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,136

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

Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Food Service Directors, 40 percent above the national average. Food Service Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+28 percent), Philadelphia (+21 percent), and Austin (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 5 percent, Cleveland is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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 25%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 16%

Nutrition
up arrow 4%

Budgeting
up arrow 2%

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

Budget Management
up arrow 1%

Menu Planning
0%

National Average
$50,000

Order Inventory
up arrow 4%


People Management
up arrow 6%

Customer Service
up arrow 6%

Inventory Management
up arrow 20%

Scheduling
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 279 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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