Cafeteria Worker Salary

Cafeteria Workers in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $9.19 per hour for pay. Compensation ranges between $7.39 per hour and $12.70. For the most part, Cafeteria Workers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, roughly one-half report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$11,637 - $24,711
(Median)
$12K
$17K
$25K
MEDIAN: $16,568
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$7.39 - $12.70
(Median)
$7
$9
$13
MEDIAN: $9.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$9K$18K$27K
Salary
$11,637 - $24,711  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $337.66  
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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$15,047 - $26,339  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.39 - $12.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.09  
Overtime
$0.00 - $20.76  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $337.66  
   
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).
)
$15,047 - $26,339  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 200
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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Cafeteria Worker

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $19K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $20K. For Cafeteria Workers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $23K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $20K.

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Experience Affects Cafeteria Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$19,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 49%
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