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Cafeteria Worker Salary

Most Cafeteria Workers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $9.14 per hour. Compensation ranges from $7.39 per hour on the lower end to $12.58 on the higher end. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one-half lack coverage. On the flip side, close to one-half have medical insurance and more than a third receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$10,922 - $24,511
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $15,643
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$7.39 - $12.58
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$9K$18K$27K
Salary
$10,922 - $24,511  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $346.30  
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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$14,956 - $26,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.39 - $12.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $20.92  
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 - $346.30  
   
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).
)
$14,956 - $26,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 180
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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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $19K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $20K on average. For Cafeteria Workers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $22K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $18K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Experience Affects Cafeteria Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$19,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 49%