Cafeteria Worker Salary

Women account for the majority of Cafeteria Workers in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $9.42 per hour. Pay generally varies between $7.60 per hour and $12.68. Some workers in this field — half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by close to one-half and dental plans are enjoyed by one-third. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Cafeteria Workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$11,328 - $24,304
(Median)
$11K
$16K
$24K
MEDIAN: $16,437
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$7.60 - $12.68
(Median)
$7
$9
$13
MEDIAN: $9.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$9K$18K$27K
Salary
$11,328 - $24,304  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $494.93  
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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$15,209 - $26,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.60 - $12.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $20.48  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $494.93  
   
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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$15,209 - $26,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 276
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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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $19K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $21K. On average, Cafeteria Workers make $23K following one to two decades on the job. For some reason, Cafeteria Workers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $21K.

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Experience Affects Cafeteria Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$19,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
medical benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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