Food and Beverage Director Salary (United States)

With 69 percent of Food and Beverage Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Food and Beverage Directors is $65,190 per year and can range from $39,338 on the lower end to $103,717 per year near the higher end. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Food and Beverage Directors. Ranging between $39,338 near the bottom and $103,717 near the top, total earnings can include up to $19,573 from bonuses and up to $15,319 from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $10,137. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. Most Food and Beverage Directors are men (74 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Food and Beverage Directors. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Food and Beverage Director Salary (?
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$39,511 - $96,247
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MEDIAN: $63,262
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Food and Beverage Director Salary (?
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$11.72 - $24.79
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,511 - $96,247  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,573  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,319  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,137  
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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$39,338 - $103,717  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,331
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $24.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.97 - $2.58  
Overtime
$4.30 - $37.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,573  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,137  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,319  
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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$39,338 - $103,717  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 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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Compensation may increase greatly for Food and Beverage Directors who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Operations Director may make an additional $19,389 per year than lower-end positions. More commonly, Food and Beverage Directors take pay cuts as they move into roles as Hotel General Managers or Director Food and Nutrition Servicess, making $13,427 or $10,210 less per year, respectively.

Food and Beverage Director Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Food and Beverage Director

Hilton Worldwide, Holiday Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Marriott International, Inc., and Interstate Hotels and Resorts are top-notch employers for Food and Beverage Directors in this area. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Interstate Hotels and Resorts offers the most; Food and Beverage Directors earn $79,480 on average there.
Earnings fall especially short at Hilton Garden Inn, where the median salary of $37,190 is the lowest in the field, less than half of the top paying company's rate. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Holiday Inn ($44,444) and Marriott International, Inc. ($61,000).

Popular Skills for Food and Beverage Director

Food and Beverage Directors who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Operations Management and Budget Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 6 percent respectively. For most people, competency in Budget Management indicates knowledge of 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, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Starting out, salaries fall in the $51K range but grow to $62K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $68K after 10 to 20 years. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Food and Beverage Directors at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $77K. In this field, age distribution is widespread: 32 percent of those surveyed report the most experience (more than two decades), and 31 percent have the least experience (one to nine years). 37 percent of respondents fall in the middle, with 10-20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$65,000
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Food and Beverage Directors will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 42 percent. Food and Beverage Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+40 percent), Seattle (+36 percent), Dallas (+33 percent), and Miami (+28 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 2 percent.

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Experience Affects Food and Beverage Director Salaries

National Average
$65,000

Skills That Affect Food and Beverage Director Salaries

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$65,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
26%
female alumni
 
Male
74%
male alumni

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: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 15%
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