Food and Beverage Director Salary

Food and Beverage Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent more than two-thirds of Food and Beverage Directors. Salaries average out to around $64K annually and spread from $41K to $103K per year. With bonuses occasionally running north of $19K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $14K, and a few commissions as high as $10K, total income for Food and Beverage Directors can range between $41K and $103K according to individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. 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. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most Food and Beverage Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$40,658 - $97,045
(Median)
$41K
$64K
$97K
MEDIAN: $64,290
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$11.65 - $21.64
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$12
$15
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,658 - $97,045  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,684  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,094  
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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$40,560 - $103,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,348
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $21.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$8.50 - $27.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,684  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,101  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,094  
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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$40,560 - $103,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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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For Food and Beverage Directors, progressing to an Operations Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Operations Director can earn $84K annually. Food and Beverage Directors most frequently become Hotel General Managers and Directors of Food and Nutrition Services even though median compensation is $15K lower and $11K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Food and Beverage Director


Food and Beverage Directors fill the offices of leading firms Holiday Inn, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International, Inc., Hilton Garden Inn, and Interstate Hotels and Resorts. The biggest paychecks can be found at Interstate Hotels and Resorts — the median salary there is $79K. Hilton Worldwide, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc, and Club Corp. also offer top salaries for Food and Beverage Directors. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $78K, $70K, and $65K, respectively.

Considering that the median salary at Hilton Garden Inn is a shallow $38K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is less than half of the top paying company's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Holiday Inn at $56K, and Marriott International, Inc. where $65K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Food and Beverage Directors there earn up to $97K.

Popular Skills for Food and Beverage Director


Food and Beverage Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Fortunate workers who know People Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 28 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Training Management and 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Food and Beverage Directors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $50K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $65K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Food and Beverage Directors make a median salary of $70K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $72K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,418

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

Surpassing the national average by 40 percent, Food and Beverage Directors in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Food and Beverage Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+39 percent), San Francisco (+38 percent), Washington (+36 percent), and Seattle (+31 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 4 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin.

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Experience Affects Food and Beverage Director Salaries



National Average
$66,000



Skills That Affect Food and Beverage Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 28%

Budget Management
up arrow 1%

Profit & Loss (P&L) Statements
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National Average
$66,000

Operations Management
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Training Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 171 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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