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Food Service Director Salary

About two in three of Food Service Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $31K to $75K per year, and the average comes out to $51K per year. Cash earnings for Food Service Directors — which occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $31K to approximately $75K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. Most Food Service Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Food Service Directors (51 percent) survey respondents. A fair number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half.

$31,993 - $74,000
(Median)
$32K
$51K
$74K
MEDIAN: $51,160
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50%
90%

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$11.61 - $26.90
(Median)
$12
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,993 - $74,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,357  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,219  
Commission
$0.00 - $13,702  
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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$30,536 - $74,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,069
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.61 - $26.90  
   
Overtime
$15.86 - $32.40  
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 - $7,357  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $13,702  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,219  
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).
)
$30,536 - $74,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159

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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Director


Food Service Directors flock to Aramark, Aramark Corporation, Aramark Higher Education, Aramark Food Services, and Aramark Correctional Services, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Compass Group does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $68K — 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. Aramark Higher Education, Aramark Food Services, and Sodexo, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Food Service Directors earning around $64K, $62K, or $60K at each firm, respectively.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Healthcare Services Group, Inc. ($43K), Aramark Correctional Services, Inc. ($50K), and Aramark ($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. Those listing Menu Planning as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Inventory Management and People Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people 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.


Food Service Directors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $43K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $49K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. Food Service Directors who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $57K.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Food Service Directors, 38 percent above the national average. Food Service Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+30 percent), Boston (+27 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), and San Diego (+23 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Minneapolis.

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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%

Nutrition
up arrow 3%

Budget Management
up arrow 2%

Budgeting
up arrow 2%

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$51,000

Order Inventory
up arrow 4%


People Management
up arrow 7%

Inventory Management
up arrow 9%

Menu Planning
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 244 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

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