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Food Service Director Salary

The majority of Food Service Directors in the United States — close to two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $30K to $75K per year, and the median is $51K per year. Total cash earnings of Food Service Directors range from $30K on the low end to $75K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $7K and $10K, respectively. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. Women make up a slight majority of Food Service Directors (52 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A fair number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half.
$31,977 - $74,310
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MEDIAN: $51,080
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$11.81 - $27.46
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$31,977 - $74,310  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,264  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,696  
Commission
$0.00 - $13,809  
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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$30,446 - $75,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 900
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $27.46  
   
Overtime
$15.53 - $32.79  
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 - $7,264  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $13,809  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,696  
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).
)
$30,446 - $75,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 132
United States (change)

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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Food Service Directors include Aramark, Aramark Corporation, Aramark Correctional Services, Inc., Compass Group Usa Inc, and Aramark Higher Education. 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. Also paying near the top of the field are Aramark Higher Education at $64K, Aramark Food Services at $63K, and Aramark Corporation, where Food Service Directors annually earn $61K.

Healthcare Services Group, Inc., Aramark Correctional Services, Inc., and Aramark also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with typical earnings hovering around $44K, $50K, and $54K.

Popular Skills for Food Service Director


Food Service Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Relationship Management, Nutrition, Budgeting, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Inventory Management, People Management, and Food Preparation. 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.


For Food Service Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $43K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $52K. As Food Service Directors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $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 will also find cushy salaries in New York (+33 percent), Boston (+32 percent), Philadelphia (+18 percent), and Baltimore (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Minneapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Atlanta and Memphis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (1 percent less).

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Experience Affects Food Service Director Salaries



National Average
$51,000



Skills That Affect Food Service Director Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 13%

Budgeting
up arrow 3%

Nutrition
up arrow 3%

Budget Management
up arrow 2%

Operations Management
0%

National Average
$51,000

Order Inventory
up arrow 3%


People Management
up arrow 7%

Inventory Management
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 216 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 19%