Cafeteria Worker Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Some main responsibilities of cafeteria workers include service sanitation techniques and preparing and storing meats, dairy, produce, and other frozen foods. They also keep track of inventory, pick up and clean trays, deliver food to customers, keep cafeteria areas clean, and perform other cleaning tasks as required.
Cafeteria workers must be organized, pay close attention to detail, multitask with ease, and know how to operate registers and cafeteria equipment. They generally report their progress to their supervisor and participate in training tasks to increase efficiency and productivity. They should also be familiar with all proper food-handling techniques. A high school diploma is generally required for this position, and prior experience in a cafeteria setting is helpful.
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.