Cafeteria Worker Salary

An average Cafeteria Worker in the United States can expect to take home roughly $10.00 per hour. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Cafeteria Workers. Cafeteria Workers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 87 percent. Slightly less than one-half enjoy medical while one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than a fifth. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$10,315 - $25,628
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$26K
MEDIAN: $14,717
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$8.03 - $13.24
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$10K$20K$30K
Salary
$10,315 - $25,628  
   
Bonus
$250.00  
Total Pay (?
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$14,733 - $27,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$8.03 - $13.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.40  
Overtime
$13.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
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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$14,733 - $27,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 294

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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.

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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 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.
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Key Stats for Cafeteria Worker

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Cafeteria Worker Salaries

Late-Career
▲28%

Experienced
▲12%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
vision benefits
Vision: 18%
no benefits
None: 49%
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