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.

$32,084 - $74,828
$32K
$51K
$75K
MEDIAN: $51,066
10%
50%
90%

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$12.71 - $26.71
$13
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $17.61
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90%

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$0$74K
Salary $32,084 - $74,828
Bonus $975 - $9,635
Profit Sharing $1,600
Commission $2,000
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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$30,321 - $74,327
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,142
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $12.71 - $26.71
Hourly Tips $1.13
Overtime $17.50 - $34.28
Annual Data $0$74K
Bonus $975 - $9,635
Commission $2,000
Profit Sharing $1,600
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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$30,321 - $74,327
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 204

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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 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.

Common Career Paths for Food Service Director


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For Food Service Directors, progressing to a Food & Facilities District Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Food & Facilities District Manager can earn $66K annually.

Food Service Director Job Listings

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

National Average: $49,761

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

Food Service Director Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Food Service Director?

Food Service Director in San Bruno:
"Solid Work."
Pros: Strong learning enviroment , benifits, great leaders.
Cons: Financial resposibility is high and not enough training.

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Key Stats for Food Service Director

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 217 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Food Service Director Salaries

▲11%

▲6%

National Average
$50,000

▼5%

▼18%

Skills That Affect Food Service Director Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▲15%



▲1%


National Average
$50,000


Human Resources
▼2%


Customer Service
▼4%



management
▼5%

People Management
▼12%

Nutrition
▼13%

Scheduling
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 217 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 22%
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