Food Service Director Salary
Food Service Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent approximately three-fifths of Food Service Directors. Salaries average out to around $51K per year and spread from $30K to $74K per year. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. While just over a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. Most Food Service Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up a slight majority of Food Service Directors (53 percent) survey respondents. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$32,084 - $74,828|
|Bonus||$975 - $9,635|
|Total Pay (||$30,321 - $74,327|
|Hourly Rate||$12.71 - $26.71|
|Overtime||$17.50 - $34.28|
|Bonus||$975 - $9,635|
|Total Pay (||$30,321 - $74,327|
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 departmental staff operations, business planning and budget development.
- 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 inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.
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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, Compass Group Usa Inc, Aramark Correctional Services, Inc., and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Food Service Directors seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Aramark Higher Education, where the average salary comes to $71K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Aramark Food Services, Sodexo, Inc., and Compass Group, where earnings of $69K, $65K, or $64K are standard for Food Service Directors.
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Brookdale at $42K, HCR ManorCare at $46K, and Healthcare Services Group, Inc., where $48K is the norm.
Popular Skills for Food Service Director
Survey takers working as Food Service Directors report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Relationship Management, Budget Management, Operations Management, and Budgeting are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Scheduling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Nutrition and People Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Budget Management are similarly competent in Order Inventory.
Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Director
Pay by Experience for a Food Service Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Food Service Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 325 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Food Service Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 379 salaries. An experienced Food Service Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 524 salaries. A Food Service Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 432 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Food Service Directors that is 61 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Food Service Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+45 percent), Philadelphia (+29 percent), Boston (+25 percent), and Austin (+22 percent). Food Service Directors in Rochester earn salaries far below the national average by 24 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers in Lansing and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).
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