SNA Publishes 2020 Compensation & Benefits Report


SNA-2020-Compensation-and-Benefits-Report imageThe School Nutrition Association (SNA) published its 2020 Compensation & Benefits Report, substantially expanding upon the research scope of similar studies by SNA in the early 2000s. The report summarizes the findings from a survey conducted October – December 2019 with director-level SNA respondent members from 1,042 unique school districts nationwide. The report provides as comprehensive a picture of compensation and benefits in the school field as there currently exists. Some of the key findings include:

  • At the beginning of the 2019/2020 school year, the typical school nutrition program employed, on a district-wide basis, five management level employees, 11.5 full-time non-management level employees, and 13 part-time non-management level employees.

  • A majority of the respondents report zero turnover for their management level staff; about one-third report there has been no turnover for their full-time non-management staff. Turnover is considerably more common for the part-time non-management employees, with only 19.3% of the districts reporting no turnover.
  • The recruitment and retention of non-management level staff presents a far more significant challenge than these same issues with management level staff. About one-quarter to one-third of the respondents rated recruiting and retaining non-management level staff as a “significant” challenge for their school nutrition program. In sharp contrast, only 11.5% rated recruiting management level staff as a “significant” challenge and even fewer (3.1%) rated retaining management level staff as a “significant” challenge.

  • A salary increase was the norm in the 2018/2019 school year for all employee categories. An increase was most commonly reported for management level employees, with nearly 90% of the respondents reporting a salary increase for that employee category. Full-time non-management level employees were only slightly less likely to receive an increase (87.3% cited an increase), followed by part-time non-management level employees (82.5% cited an increase).

  • A retirement or pension plan is a common benefit, with nearly 95% of the districts offering some type of retirement/pension plan to school nutrition employees. However, only 50.7% of the districts offer the benefit to both full- and part-time staff, with 43.6% limiting the benefit to only their full-time staff.

  • Virtually all districts (98.2%) provide health insurance benefits to either their full- or part-time staff. This benefit is usually limited to full-time staff, with only 27.6% providing health insurance benefits to both full and part-time staff.

  • The typical district reports having a $2 million school nutrition operating budget. Budgets increase proportionally across district enrollment categories, moving from a median of $350,000 among the smallest districts, to a median of $21.8 million among the largest.

If you’re a SNA foodservice member, log in to download the full report for free. The full report provides in-depth compensation and benefits data on specific positions at the school and district levels, segmented by district size, region, unionization status, certification/credentialing, and other variables.

The report is for sale in the SNA bookstore for SNA industry members ($129) and non-members ($199).

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