Director Food and Nutrition Services Salary
Just under two-thirds of Directors of Food and Nutrition Services in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $32K to $95K per year, but median earnings come to around $62K per year. While the particular city and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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|Bonus||$920 - $10,809|
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|$34,437 - $95,661|
|Hourly Rate||$11.16 - $35.44|
|Overtime||$13.18 - $44.80|
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Job Description for Director Food and Nutrition Services
A director of food and nutritional service's main role is to provide a nutrition program that benefits clients and meets all federal requirements. Knowledge of standards related to the preparation and distribution of foods is necessary, as is knowing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations, safety and cleanliness rules, and public relations techniques. Directors of food and nutritional service also need to understand basic computer software and communicate well through email, over the phone, and in person.Read More...
A director of food and nutritional services must be able to maintain a network of professional contacts and stay up to date with current trends and practices in their field. They must also help prepare their department's or program's budget, as well as represent the program within their organization and with the public. He or she must oversee the preparation of all reports and records, as well as collaborate with various departments or agencies in relevant program planning.
Qualifications for this position typically include a bachelor’s degree with a specialization in food and nutrition or business management. The director of food and nutritional services must be certified and typically must have prior experience in food service management. He or she should be able to pass a drug screening and/or criminal background test. A director of food and nutritional services' position may involve some light lifting, such as carrying boxes or parcels of up to 25 pounds. (Copyright 2018 PayScale.com)
Director Food and Nutrition Services Tasks
- Oversee departmental staff operations, business planning and budget development.
- Ensure services are in compliance with nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
- Oversee, plan and direct the nutrition services program.
- Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.
Popular Employer Salaries for Director Food and Nutrition Services
The biggest paychecks can be found at Compass Group — the median salary there is $95K.
Common Career Paths for Director Food and Nutrition Services
Though it's uncommon, some Directors of Food and Nutrition Services move into roles as District Managers of Food & Facilities, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $66K per year. Many Directors of Food and Nutrition Services choose to become Food Service Directors and Food Service Hospital Directors as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $9K less and $2K less, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Director Food and Nutrition Services
Directors of Food and Nutrition Services report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Budget Management, Training, and Nutrition are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Budget Management are similarly competent in Nutrition and Training.
Pay by Experience Level for Director Food and Nutrition Services
Pay by Experience for a Director Food and Nutrition Services has a positive trend. An entry-level Director Food and Nutrition Services with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 105 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Director Food and Nutrition Services with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 98 salaries. An experienced Director Food and Nutrition Services which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 151 salaries. A Director Food and Nutrition Services with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 101 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Tampa is home to an above-average pay rate for Directors of Food and Nutrition Services, 45 percent higher than the national average. Directors of Food and Nutrition Services will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+44 percent), Chicago (+41 percent), Dallas (+31 percent), and Miami (+16 percent). The lowest-paying market is Los Angeles, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in San Antonio (6 percent lower) and Boston (4 percent lower).
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