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Cafeteria Worker Salary

The larger portion of Cafeteria Workers in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $9.19 per hour. Compensation ranges from $7.38 per hour on the lower end to $12.75 on the higher end. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Cafeteria Workers. Although nearly one-half lack health benefits of any kind, close to one-half do enjoy medical insurance, and over a third get dental coverage, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$11,596 - $24,834
(Median)
$12K
$17K
$25K
MEDIAN: $16,708
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50%
90%

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$7.38 - $12.75
(Median)
$7
$9
$13
MEDIAN: $9.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$9K$18K$27K
Salary
$11,596 - $24,834  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $337.66  
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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$15,023 - $26,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.38 - $12.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $20.84  
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 - $337.66  
   
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).
)
$15,023 - $26,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 193

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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.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $20K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $19K. For Cafeteria Workers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $23K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Cafeteria Workers report making only $19K on average.

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Experience Affects Cafeteria Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Late-Career
0%

National Average
$19,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 50%
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