Cafeteria Worker Salary

Cafeteria Workers in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $9.42 per hour for pay. Pay ranges from $7.60 per hour on the low end to $12.68 on the high end. Although one-half have medical coverage and nearly one in three have dental coverage, around half claim no health benefits at all. Most Cafeteria Workers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$11,328 - $24,304
(Median)
$11K
$16K
$24K
MEDIAN: $16,437
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$7.60 - $12.68
(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
$11,328 - $24,304  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $494.93  
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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$15,209 - $26,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.60 - $12.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $20.48  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $494.93  
   
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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$15,209 - $26,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 276
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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 beginner in this position makes around $19K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $21K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $23K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $21K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Cafeteria Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$19,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
medical benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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