The average Cafeteria Worker in the United States earns approximately $9.95 per hour. Approximately half enjoy medical while roughly a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-sixth. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Cafeteria Workers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 87 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$10,886 - $24,944
(Median)
$11K
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$25K
MEDIAN: $15,490
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$7.95 - $13.36
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$10K$20K$30K
Salary
$10,886 - $24,944  
   
Bonus
$250.00  
Total Pay (?
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$15,207 - $27,583  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.95 - $13.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$14.63  
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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$15,207 - $27,583  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 275
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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Cafeteria Workers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $19K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $21K. Cafeteria Workers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $22K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Cafeteria Worker generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $26K.

Cafeteria Worker Reviews

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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Experience Affects Cafeteria Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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