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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 a little under three-quarters 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. Cash earnings of Food and Beverage Directors — including $19K in bonuses, $15K in profit sharing proceeds, and $10K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $40K to approximately $104K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and tenure. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Food and Beverage Directors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. For the most part, Food and Beverage Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,005 - $97,094
(Median)
$40K
$64K
$97K
MEDIAN: $64,423
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90%

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$11.66 - $24.24
(Median)
$12
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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
$40,005 - $97,094  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,245  
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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$39,868 - $103,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,257
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.66 - $24.24  
   
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 - $19,245  
   
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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$39,868 - $103,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42

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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 $85K annually. Food and Beverage Directors most often move into positions as Hotel General Managers or Directors of Food and Nutrition Services. Hotel General Managers actually earn $15K less on average, however, and Directors of Food and Nutrition Services earn $11K less per year than Food and Beverage Directors do.

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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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Food and Beverage Directors. Hilton Worldwide does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $80K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $29K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $149K.

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.

Popular Skills for Food and Beverage Director


Typical Food and Beverage Directors report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with People Management and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent and 4 percent, respectively. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Food and Beverage Directors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $50K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $65K. Food and Beverage Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $70K. Food and Beverage Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $73K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Food and Beverage Directors in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 48 percent above the national average. Food and Beverage Directors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+40 percent), New York (+39 percent), Seattle (+31 percent), and Las Vegas (+28 percent). With compensation 4 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando (3 percent lower) and Denver (2 percent lower).

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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 29%

Budget Management
up arrow 4%

Operations Management
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National Average
$66,000

Inventory Management
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 189 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
36%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 14%
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