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Food and Beverage Director Salary (United States)

The majority of Food and Beverage Directors in the United States — somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $39K to $104K per year and typically amount 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 $20K, $15K, and $10K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by the particular city and tenure. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair portion get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Male Food and Beverage Directors are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's 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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,331
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
$4.30 - $37.09  
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 - $19,573  
   
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  
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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At the upper end, Food and Beverage Directors who move into an Operations Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The typical income for Operations Directors is $85K per year. Food and Beverage Directors most frequently become Hotel General Managers and Directors of Food and Nutrition Services even though median compensation is $13K lower and $10K lower, respectively.

Food and Beverage Director Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Food and Beverage Director

Food and Beverage Directors fill the offices of leading firms Hilton Worldwide, Holiday Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Marriott International, Inc., and Interstate Hotels and Resorts. Interstate Hotels and Resorts offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $79K.
The smallest paychecks in the field are found at Hilton Garden Inn, where the median salary is a mere $37K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Holiday Inn ($44K) and Marriott International, Inc. ($61K).

Popular Skills for Food and Beverage Director

Food and Beverage Directors only report a few specific skills. Operations Management and Budget Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 6 percent respectively. It is often found that people who know Budget Management are also skilled in 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $51K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $62K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $68K in this role. Food and Beverage Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $74K. 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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Denver
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National Average
$65,000
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For Food and Beverage Directors, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Seattle, Dallas, and Miami, where Food and Beverage Directors annually earn 40 percent, 36 percent, 33 percent, and 28 percent more than the national average. The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 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

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$65,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 249 votes.

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%