Food Service Director Salary
Food Service Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just below two-thirds of Food Service Directors. Pay fluctuates from $30K to $75K per year, but expected earnings average $51K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and tenure. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Women make up a slight majority of Food Service Directors (53 percent) survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.
|Salary||$31,012 - $76,118|
|Bonus||$980 - $9,746|
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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).)
|$29,746 - $75,315|
|Hourly Rate||$12.75 - $27.27|
|Overtime||$15.82 - $34.93|
|Bonus||$980 - $9,746|
|Total Pay (||$29,746 - $75,315|
Job Description for Food Service Director
Food service directors are responsible for the overall function of dining services. They plan, organize, direct and manage their departments. They must have in depth knowledge of local and state health and sanitation codes, as well as safety regulations. They ensure that their entire department is in compliance with those codes and company procedures when handling, preparing and serving food. Additionally, food service directors are responsible for the budget of the food service department. They may also be responsible for purchasing food and supplies. Aside from overseeing and staffing individuals who handle food and service, they also may oversee maintenance, sanitation and inventory within their area.Read More...
Food service directors can work in a variety of environments. They can be in banquet halls, hospitals covering patient and employee meals, and cafeterias for primary schools, higher education, or businesses. They communicate daily with the employees they manage and outside vendors, and they may be required to deal with customers as well. This can include patients, students and employees.
Food service directors normally work in an office within the kitchen they manage. They work during the normal business week, Monday through Friday, during normal business hours. However, when problems arise, they are expected to step in and ensure that things run smoothly. As a result, they may have to work outside of those normal hours. Also, in banquet hall environments, hours can vary wildly.
Food service directors typically have a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, dietetics, hospitality, culinary arts, business or a related field; an advanced degree can be preferred by some employers. They usually also have several years of experience in the food service field--the minimum typically being three years. They often have experience in management as well. Food service managers can receive additional certifications, such as Servsafe, to enhance their portfolio. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Food Service Director 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.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Food Service Director
Compass Group, Aramark, Compass Group Usa Inc, Aramark Correctional Services, Inc., and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Food Service Directors. Those at Aramark Higher Education can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $71K. Also paying near the top of the field are Aramark Food Services at $69K, Sodexo, Inc. at $65K, and Compass Group, where Food Service Directors annually earn $64K.
A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Brookdale ($42K), HCR ManorCare ($46K), and Healthcare Services Group, Inc. ($48K).
Popular Skills for Food Service Director
Food Service Directors report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Customer Relationship Management, Budget Management, Operations Management, and Budgeting are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Scheduling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Nutrition and People Management also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Budget Management are also skilled in Order Inventory.
Pay by Experience Level for Food Service Director
Pay by Experience for a Food Service Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Food Service Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 325 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Food Service Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 379 salaries. An experienced Food Service Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 524 salaries. A Food Service Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 432 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Food Service Directors, 61 percent higher than the national average. Food Service Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+45 percent), Philadelphia (+29 percent), Boston (+25 percent), and Austin (+22 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Food Service Directors is geography, with workers in Rochester earning a whopping 24 percent below the national average. Workers in Lansing and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).
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