FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.
APPLY NOW
Apply Now
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Your search has been saved!

Become A Food Service Director

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Food Service Director

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • $59,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Food Service Director Do

Food service managers are responsible for the daily operation of restaurants and other establishments that prepare and serve food and beverages. They direct staff to ensure that customers are satisfied with their dining experience, and they manage the business to ensure that it is profitable. 

Duties

Food service managers typically do the following:

  • Hire, train, oversee, and sometimes fire employees
  • Order food and beverages, equipment, and supplies
  • Oversee food preparation, portion sizes, and the overall presentation of food
  • Inspect supplies, equipment, and work areas
  • Ensure that employees comply with health and food safety standards
  • Address complaints regarding food quality or service
  • Schedule staff hours and assign duties
  • Manage budgets and payroll records
  • Establish standards for personnel performance and customer service

Managers coordinate activities of the kitchen and dining room staff to ensure that customers are served properly and in a timely manner. They oversee orders in the kitchen, and, if needed, they work with the chef to remedy any delays in service.

Food service managers are responsible for all functions of the business related to employees. For example, most managers interview, hire, train, oversee, appraise, discipline, and sometimes fire employees. Managers also schedule work hours, making sure that enough workers are present to cover each shift. During busy periods, they may expedite service by helping to serve customers, processing payments, or cleaning tables.

Managers also arrange for cleaning and maintenance services for the equipment and facility in order to comply with health and sanitary regulations. For example, they may arrange for trash removal, pest control, and heavy cleaning when the dining room and kitchen are not in use.

Most managers perform a variety of administrative tasks, such as managing employee records and preparing the payroll. They also may review or complete paperwork related to licensing, taxes and wages, and unemployment compensation. Although they sometimes assign these tasks to an assistant manager or bookkeeper, most managers are responsible for the accuracy of business records.

Some managers add up the cash and charge slips and secure them in a safe place. They also may check that ovens, grills, and other equipment are properly cleaned and secured, and that the establishment is locked at the close of business.

Those who manage their own business often deal with suppliers and arrange for the delivery of food and beverages and other supplies.

Full-service restaurants (those with table service) may have a management team that includes a general manager, one or more assistant managers, and an executive chef.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Food Service Director

Most applicants qualify with a high school diploma and several years of work experience in the food service industry as a cook, waiter or waitress, or counter attendant. Some applicants have received additional training at a community college, technical or vocational school, culinary school, or 4-year college.

Education

Although a bachelor’s degree is not required, some postsecondary education is increasingly preferred for many manager positions, especially at upscale restaurants and hotels. Some food service companies, hotels, and restaurant chains recruit management trainees from college hospitality or food service management programs. These programs may require the participants to work in internships and to have real-life food industry-related experiences in order to graduate.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degree programs in restaurant and hospitality management or institutional food service management. In addition, numerous community colleges, technical institutes, and other institutions offer programs in the field that lead to an associate’s degree. Some culinary schools offer programs in restaurant management with courses designed for those who want to start and run their own restaurant.

Most programs provide instruction in nutrition, sanitation, and food preparation, as well as courses in accounting, business law, and management. Some programs combine classroom and practical study with internships.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most food service managers start working in industry-related jobs, such as cooks, waiters and waitresses, or hosts and hostesses. They often spend years working under the direction of an experienced worker, learning the necessary skills before they are promoted to manager positions.

Training

Managers who work for restaurant chains and food service management companies may be required to complete programs that combine classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Topics may include food preparation, sanitation, security, company policies, personnel management, and recordkeeping.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although certification is not required, managers may obtain the Food Protection Managers Certification (FPMC) by passing a food safety exam. The American National Standards Institute accredits institutions that offer the FPMC.

In addition, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation awards the Foodservice Management Professional (FMP) designation, a voluntary certification to managers who meet the following criteria:

  • Have supervisory experience in food service
  • Have specialized training in food safety
  • Pass a multiple-choice exam

The certification attests to professional competence, particularly for managers who learned their skills on the job.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Food service managers, especially those who run their own restaurant, must understand all aspects of the restaurant business. They should know how to budget for supplies, set prices, and manage workers to ensure that the restaurant is profitable.

Communication skills. Food service managers must give clear orders to staff and be able to communicate effectively with employees and customers.

Customer-service skills. Food service managers must be courteous and attentive when dealing with patrons. Satisfying customers’ dining needs is critical to business success and ensures customer loyalty.

Detail oriented. Managers deal with many different types of activities. They ensure that there is enough food to serve to customers, they maintain financial records, and they ensure that the food meets health and safety standards.

Leadership skills. Managers must establish good working relationships to maintain a productive work environment. Carrying out this task may involve motivating workers and leading by example.

Organizational skills. Food service managers keep track of many different schedules, budgets, and staff. Their job becomes more complex as the size of the restaurant or food service facility increases.

Physical stamina. Managers, especially those who run their own restaurant, often work long shifts and sometimes spend entire evenings on their feet helping to serve customers.

Problem-solving skills. Managers need to be able to resolve personnel issues and customer-related problems.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as a Food Service Director?

Send To A Friend

Food Service Director Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Do you work as a Food Service Director?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Average Length of Employment
Cafeteria Manager 5.0 years
Dietary Manager 4.0 years
Food Manager 3.8 years
Dietary Supervisor 3.8 years
Food Supervisor 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Food Service Director
Chef 7.3%
Sous Chef 6.5%
Manager 6.0%
Cook 5.0%
Line Cook 2.7%
Top Careers After Food Service Director
Chef 5.0%
Manager 4.5%
Director 4.0%
Cook 3.6%
Owner 3.2%

Do you work as a Food Service Director?

Food Service Director Demographics

Gender

Male

54.3%

Female

39.6%

Unknown

6.1%
Ethnicity

White

65.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.2%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.4%

French

11.2%

Italian

6.3%

German

4.9%

Chinese

4.2%

Arabic

2.8%

Thai

2.1%

Tagalog

1.4%

Mandarin

1.4%

Greek

0.7%

Yoruba

0.7%

Cantonese

0.7%

Ilocano

0.7%

Japanese

0.7%

Russian

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Hindi

0.7%

Hmong

0.7%
Show More

Food Service Director Education

Schools

Johnson & Wales University

24.4%

Culinary Institute of America

18.1%

University of North Dakota

7.5%

University of Phoenix

6.8%

University of Florida

6.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

Michigan State University

4.1%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

2.9%

Purdue University

2.9%

Florida International University

2.9%

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

2.6%

Auburn University

2.1%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

2.0%

Cornell University

2.0%

Strayer University

1.9%

New York University

1.9%

Iowa State University

1.9%

Kaplan University

1.8%

Sullivan University

1.7%

University of Missouri - Columbia

1.7%
Show More
Majors

Culinary Arts

20.4%

Business

20.1%

Hospitality Management

13.3%

Food And Nutrition

9.1%

Management

8.7%

Dietetics

5.8%

Health Care Administration

4.5%

Education

2.4%

Criminal Justice

2.2%

Accounting

2.1%

Marketing

1.6%

General Studies

1.4%

Psychology

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.2%

Communication

1.2%

Human Resources Management

1.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.0%

Elementary Education

0.9%

Finance

0.9%

Nursing

0.9%
Show More
Degrees

Bachelors

33.8%

Other

28.5%

Associate

20.7%

Masters

9.4%

Certificate

6.0%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.3%

License

0.2%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary
Average Yearly Salary
$59,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$35,000
Min 10%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
SAGE Dining Services
Highest Paying City
Albany, NY
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
5.1 years
How much does a Food Service Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Food Service Director in the United States is $59,572 per year or $29 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $35,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $99,000.

Real Food Service Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Food Services Director MDM Hotel Group Ltd./Miami Dadeland Marriott Hotel Miami, FL Jun 15, 2015 $86,000
Food Service Director Fig & Olive USA Inc. Los Angeles, CA Feb 01, 2011 $75,000
Assistant Director of Dining Services The President and Trustees of Williams College Williamstown, MA Jan 17, 2013 $72,446 -
$82,000
Food Service Director 212 Lafayette Associates LLC New York, NY Oct 14, 2016 $70,958
Food Service Director 212 Lafayette Associates LLC New York, NY Aug 12, 2016 $70,958
Food Service Director Bradley Academy Goodyear, AZ Sep 14, 2016 $70,346
Food Service Director Old Bridge Management Corporation Dale City, VA Dec 15, 2010 $70,000 -
$75,000
Senior Food Service Director Aramark Corporation Philadelphia, PA Aug 27, 2011 $67,480
Food Service Director Rocky Creek Retirement Properties, Inc. Tampa, FL Sep 21, 2013 $66,500
Food Service Director Fig & Olive USA Inc. Los Angeles, CA Feb 01, 2011 $65,000
Director of Strategic Growth-Food Products Gourmet and More, LLC San Leandro, CA Oct 01, 2012 $65,000
Food Service Director Aramark Healthcare Support Services LLC Plattsburgh, NY Oct 01, 2010 $65,000 -
$80,000
Director of Dining Services Compass Group USA Inc. Emporia, KS Aug 15, 2016 $65,000
Associate Director of Dining Services The President and Trustees of Williams College Williamstown, MA Jan 17, 2010 $60,154 -
$65,154
Food Services Director Riceit LLC Dallas, TX Jan 10, 2016 $60,000
Food Service Director Lori's Diner International San Francisco, CA Apr 03, 2013 $59,301
Food Service Director Rocky Creek Retirement Properties, Inc. Tampa, FL Sep 21, 2010 $58,677
Director of Dining Services Kandle Dining Services, Inc. NC May 07, 2015 $58,436
Food Service Director Rocky Creek Retirement Properties Tampa, FL Dec 31, 2009 $58,000
Event & Food Service Director Har Mart Corporation Aurora, CO Dec 27, 2010 $56,871
Food Services Director China Town Inc.(Joseph Yang) Conway, AR May 03, 2011 $55,245
Food Service Director Water Under Lock, Inc. Anchorage, AK Oct 22, 2015 $54,471
Director of Dining Services Compass Group USA Inc. Hialeah Gardens, FL Mar 09, 2015 $54,000
Director of Dining Services Compass Group USA Inc. Hialeah Gardens, FL Nov 07, 2015 $54,000
Director of Dining Services Met II Hotel, LLC Miami, FL Jun 15, 2010 $53,000
Director of Dining Services Kandle Dining Services, Inc. NC May 07, 2015 $52,488
Food Services Director B.D. Cuisine, LLC Beaverton, OR Dec 25, 2015 $52,175
Food Service Director & Executive Chef East India Co., LLC Portland, OR Sep 06, 2014 $52,175

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

See More Salaries

How Would You Rate The Salary Of a Food Service Director?

Have you worked as a Food Service Director? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as a Food Service Director.

Top Skills for A Food Service Director

  1. Menu Items
  2. Food Safety
  3. Food Service Operations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Develop appealing cost effective menu items and seasonal specials conforming to residents required diet.
  • Conduct regular audits to ensure federal, state, and corporate compliance in food safety, finance, and inventory.
  • Coordinated all food service operations for four correctional facilities.
  • Train subcontractor Food Production personnel on proper operation of kitchen equipment.
  • Supervised and collaborated all meal service production.

How Would You Rate Working As a Food Service Director?

Are you working as a Food Service Director? Help us rate Food Service Director as a Career.

Rank:

Average Salary:

Embed On Your Website

Top 10 Best States for Food Service Directors

  1. Rhode Island
  2. New Jersey
  3. New York
  4. Delaware
  5. Nevada
  6. Alaska
  7. Colorado
  8. Connecticut
  9. Maine
  10. Massachusetts
  • (105 jobs)
  • (740 jobs)
  • (1,075 jobs)
  • (66 jobs)
  • (202 jobs)
  • (52 jobs)
  • (377 jobs)
  • (296 jobs)
  • (107 jobs)
  • (734 jobs)

Top Food Service Director Employers

Jobs From Top Food Service Director Employers

Food Service Director Videos

Whitey Griffin MDI Food Service Director

ABM Healthcare Support Services - Marissa Trout, Nutrition & Food Service Director

Food Service Manager - Career Conversation

Related to your recently viewed content