Cafeteria Worker Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Cafeteria Workers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $9.19 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $7.38 per hour and $12.67. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to one-half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by roughly one-half and dental insurance is reported by over a third. 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.

$11,752 - $24,770

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$7.38 - $12.67

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$9K$18K$27K
Salary
$11,752 - $24,770  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $340.28  
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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$15,066 - $26,291  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.38 - $12.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.01  
Overtime
$0.00 - $20.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $340.28  
   
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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$15,066 - $26,291  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 204
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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. On average, Cafeteria Workers make $23K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $20K on average.

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Experience Affects Cafeteria Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Late-Career
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National Average
$19,000

Entry-Level
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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
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 50%
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