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Food and Beverage Director Salary

Food and Beverage Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with between two-thirds and three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $64K per year on average but can range from $40K to $104K 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, $15K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $40K and $104K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and years of experience. For the most part, Food and Beverage Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number 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. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,916 - $96,828
(Median)
$40K
$64K
$97K
MEDIAN: $64,022
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90%

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$11.70 - $24.28
(Median)
$12
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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50%
90%

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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
$39,916 - $96,828  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,656  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,795  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,174  
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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$39,746 - $103,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,255
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $24.28  
   
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 - $18,656  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,174  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,795  
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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$39,746 - $103,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45

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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 $85K 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 $14K less and $11K less per year on average.

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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. Food and Beverage Directors flock to Hilton Worldwide for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $80K lead the pack in compensation; however, Hilton Worldwide also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $29K at one end to $149K at the other end.

The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Hilton Garden Inn, where the median salary is just $38K — less than half of the top paying employer's rate.

Popular Skills for Food and Beverage Director


Survey results show that Food and Beverage Directors typically report just a few professional skills. Fortunate workers who know People Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 29 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Inventory Management. Most people 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $50K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $65K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $70K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $73K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Food and Beverage Directors that is 49 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Food and Beverage Directors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+39 percent), New York (+38 percent), Las Vegas (+33 percent), and Seattle (+32 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 3 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Orlando (2 percent less) and Denver (1 percent less).

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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
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Budget Management
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Operations Management
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National Average
$66,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 197 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 15%