Food and Beverage Director Salary

Food and Beverage Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — between two-thirds and three-fourths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $41K to $103K per year, median earnings come to $64K per year. In the world of Food and Beverage Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $19K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $14K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $41K and $103K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. 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. For the most part, Food and Beverage Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$40,658 - $97,045
(Median)
$41K
$64K
$97K
MEDIAN: $64,290
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$11.65 - $21.64
(Median)
$12
$15
$22
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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Food and Beverage Directors may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Operations Director. The latter position pays an average of $84K annually. A lot of Food and Beverage Directors advance their careers by becoming Hotel General Managers and Directors of Food and Nutrition Services. However, those positions offer $15K less and $11K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Food and Beverage Director


Holiday Inn, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International, Inc., Hilton Garden Inn, and Interstate Hotels and Resorts are all popular places to work. The biggest paychecks can be found at Interstate Hotels and Resorts — the median salary there is $79K. Also paying near the top of the field are Hilton Worldwide at $78K, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc at $70K, and Club Corp., where Food and Beverage Directors annually earn $65K.

Earnings fall especially short at Hilton Garden Inn, where the median salary of $38K is the lowest in the field, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Other low-paying employers include Holiday Inn at $56K and Marriott International, Inc. at $65K, though some Food and Beverage Directors there earn up to $97K.

Popular Skills for Food and Beverage Director


Food and Beverage Directors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Fortunate workers who know People Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 28 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Training Management and Inventory Management. Those familiar with Budget Management also tend to 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 $65K. Food and Beverage Directors see a median salary of $70K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $72K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,418

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New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Food and Beverage Directors, 40 percent above the national average. Food and Beverage Directors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+39 percent), San Francisco (+38 percent), Washington (+36 percent), and Seattle (+31 percent). Austin ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 4 percent below the national average.

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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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