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Food and Beverage Director Salary

With between two-thirds and three-fourths of Food and Beverage 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 $39K to $104K per year and averages out to $63K per year. The final incomes of Food and Beverage Directors generally vary between $39K and $104K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $19K, $15K, and $10K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Male Food and Beverage Directors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Food and Beverage Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$39,345 - $96,296
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$39K
$63K
$96K
MEDIAN: $63,092
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$11.72 - $24.79
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$12
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,345 - $96,296  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,467  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,260  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,101  
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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$39,233 - $103,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,302
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $24.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.97 - $2.58  
Overtime
$4.50 - $34.13  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,467  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,101  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,260  
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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$39,233 - $103,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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Job Description for Food and Beverage Director

A food and beverage director is an executive who works in a hospitality capacity. Frequently these directors are employed at hotels, restaurant chains and banquet facilities. They oversee the entire food and beverage service aspect of a company. They are ultimately tasked with human resource decisions, purchasing decisions, as well as menu design and decisions on which products to carry. They oversee all aspects of guest service as well as implementing training to ensure that expectations are always exceeded by staff.

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Food and Beverage Director Tasks

  • Analyze, forecast, monitor and control the labor and food costs.
  • Direct day to day operations for restaurant outlets, room service, culinary, stewarding, beverage and banquet operations.
  • Develop and manage the implementation of menus, package deals, promotions, displays, decorations and presentations.
  • Manage the maintenance and sanitation of the food and beverage areas and equipment.

Common Career Paths for Food and Beverage Director


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Food and Beverage Directors may experience if they take an upper-level role like Operations Director. The position pays an average $85K annually. Many Food and Beverage Directors go on to become Hotel General Managers or Directors of Food and Nutrition Services despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $13K lower and $10K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Food and Beverage Director


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Food and Beverage Directors include Hilton Worldwide, Holiday Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Marriott International, Inc., and Interstate Hotels and Resorts. Although Hilton Worldwide heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $80K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $29K to $149K.

Less than half of the top paying employer's rate, Hilton Garden Inn offers a median salary of just $38K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far.

Popular Skills for Food and Beverage Director


Survey takers who work as Food and Beverage Directors usually report a few specific skills. Budget Management and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 4 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Inventory Management. The majority of those who know Budget Management also know Inventory Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Food and Beverage Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Food and Beverage Directors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $50K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $63K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Food and Beverage Directors make a median salary of $69K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $74K.

Pay Difference by Location


Food and Beverage Directors will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 46 percent. Food and Beverage Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+43 percent), Los Angeles (+37 percent), Seattle (+37 percent), and Dallas (+32 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 2 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Food and Beverage Director Salaries



National Average
$65,000



Skills That Affect Food and Beverage Director Salaries

Operations Management
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Budget Management
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National Average
$65,000

Inventory Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 233 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 15%