Cafeteria Worker Salary

Cafeteria Workers in the United States take home an average $10.03 per hour. Job satisfaction for Cafeteria Workers is high. Slightly less than one-half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly more than a fifth collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 87 percent of Cafeteria Workers are female. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$10,265 - $27,575
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$14K
$28K
MEDIAN: $14,301
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$8.08 - $13.31
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MEDIAN: $10.03
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$0$27K
Salary $10,265 - $27,575
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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$14,482 - $27,837
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 66
Hourly Data $0$17
Hourly Rate $8.08 - $13.31
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $0.00
Overtime $11.50
Annual Data $0$27K
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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$14,482 - $27,837
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 299

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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.

Cafeteria Worker Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Cafeteria Worker

Pay by Experience for a Cafeteria Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Cafeteria Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $20,000 based on 242 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Cafeteria Worker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 95 salaries. An experienced Cafeteria Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 54 salaries. A Cafeteria Worker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 22 salaries.

Cafeteria Worker Reviews

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

Cafeteria Worker in Staunton:
Pros: The kids and the lady's I work with are great.
Cons: The money I bring home a month and it's hard work for such little money.

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.
Cons:

Cafeteria Worker in Lumberton:
"That they can with hold a raise for 10 years."
They work is steady, but not the raises.

Cafeteria Worker in Bismarck:
"Fulfilling."
Pros: Making people happy by making the food they enjoy. The adrenaline of praparing the food on time and using creativity is great.
Cons: The pay, and the thanklessness.

Cafeteria Worker in Robbinsville:
"Take your job seriously."
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Cafeteria Worker in Montoursville:
"School cafeteria monitor."
Pros: Enjoy working with the children.
Cons: Pay is to low for all the work I do.

Cafeteria Worker in Ripley:
"A heart for children."
To remember we are feeding the children...

Key Stats for Cafeteria Worker

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Cafeteria Worker Salaries

Late-Career
▲27%

Experienced
▲11%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
no benefits
None: 49%
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