Catering Assistant Salary
Catering Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.87 per hour. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than one-half lack any form of coverage — but approximately one-half have medical insurance, and more than a third have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Catering Assistants is high. The vast majority (88 percent) of Catering Assistants who took the survey are female. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Catering Assistant
Catering assistants work for a companies that provides custom meals, such as event facilities, restaurants, and companies that provide meals for patients. When working for a catering company that deals with events, the catering assistant may help to organize event details and files. The catering assistant may be tasked with coordinating various services from third parties so that the facility and equipment is set up properly, according to client requests. The catering assistant may help with marketing efforts such as answering phone calls, meeting with customers, and creating marketing documents. When customers have concerns or complaints, the catering assistant should work to remedy these issues.Read More...
When working for a health food service, the catering assistant will often work at a medical or long-term care facility. The catering assistant will be responsible for collecting menu requests from customers and checking with nurses to make sure that the meals are allowed by the patient’s diet. Then, the assistant will deliver meals and retrieve dirty trays at the end of meals. The assistant may also help in the kitchen or dish room as needed.
In any catering assistant job, strong customer service skills are important in order to achieve customer satisfaction. Some jobs require a minimum of a high school diploma, and others require an associate’s degree. Proficient computer skills are important in order to be able to organize data and carry out communication. Some travel may be necessary, so a valid driver’s license is often a requirement. Hours and shifts often vary based on needs, and weekend shifts are often required.
Catering Assistant Tasks
- Deliver menu sections for the day.
- Assist in menus for dinner, breakfast and snacks.
- Set up and deliver food to customers.
- Assist with the general clean up.
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Pay by Experience Level for Catering Assistant
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Catering Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $25K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $26K. Catering Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $30K. Catering Assistants who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $33K.