Cafeteria Workers in the United States pull down an average of $10.00 per hour. The vast majority (86 percent) of Cafeteria Workers who took the survey are female. Just under one-half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under a fifth collect dental insurance. The majority of Cafeteria Workers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$10,748 - $26,207
$11K
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$26K
MEDIAN: $15,491
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$7.96 - $13.36
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MEDIAN: $10.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$10K$20K$30K
Salary
$10,748 - $26,207  
   
Bonus
$250.00  
Total Pay (?
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$15,142 - $27,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.96 - $13.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.40  
Overtime
$13.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$250.00  
   
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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$15,142 - $27,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 304

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Job Description for Cafeteria Worker

Cafeteria workers are responsible for a variety of food service-related tasks for their company, such as cleaning tables, taking customer orders, and responding to inquiries. These individuals must have excellent communication skills to work well with cafeteria staff and respond to customers' questions in a professional and helpful manner. They must be able to work well on a team, but also on their own with minimal supervision.

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Cafeteria Worker Tasks

  • Serve customers standard portions of food, answering questions about ingredients, and preparation.
  • Place food, condiments and supplies in the appropriate locations.
  • Wash and clean area and equipment, including dishes, pots, and pans.
  • Collect payment for items purchased.
  • Prepare food according to established procedures, following hygienic practices and ensuring correct temperatures.

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Pay by Experience Level for Cafeteria Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Cafeteria Workers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $20K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $21K. Cafeteria Workers see a median salary of $23K after reaching one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Cafeteria Worker generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $26K.

Cafeteria Worker Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Cafeteria Worker?

Cafeteria Worker in Plainville:
"Awesome!"
Pros: I love being able to go. To work everyday and prepare food for the kids. I put a lot of passion into the food. Being able to know that they are getting a good healthy lunch makes me proud. I also love the hours. They are perfect for me because I have 2 children in school so I get out of work in time to get them out of school.
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Key Stats for Cafeteria Worker

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
048
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Cafeteria Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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