Median pay for Certified Dietary Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.45 per hour. While career length and the specific company impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. The vast majority of Certified Dietary Managers (82 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Dietary Managers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,448 - $57,389
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $41,362
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90%

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$12.11 - $21.86
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,448 - $57,389  
   
Bonus
$24.83 - $8,054  
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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$27,624 - $52,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 343
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.11 - $21.86  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.31  
Overtime
$9.70 - $31.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$24.83 - $8,054  
   
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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$27,624 - $52,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 414
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Job Description for Certified Dietary Manager

A certified dietary manager plans meals that conform to the dietary and health needs of patients. This includes working with a kitchen staff to ensure proper healthy preparations. The certified dietary manager schedules meals based on factors such as calorie counts, fat content, carbohydrates, and sugars. They are often then in charge of purchasing and procurement. The institution often expects the manager to frequently review suppliers for quality and price and seek competitive bids and offers as available.

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Certified Dietary Manager Tasks

  • Supervise staff and give technical direction, delegate staff responsibilities.
  • Oversee day-to-day department operational, purchasing and nutrition services.
  • Conduct nutritional analysis and global menu planning.
  • Manage the selection, training and development of staff.
  • Ensure food service is in compliance with nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.

Common Career Paths for Certified Dietary Manager


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Advancing into a Food Service Director role seems to be a popular career move for Certified Dietary Managers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $50K per year.

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Certified Dietary Managers flock to Golden LivingCenters for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $46K lead the pack in compensation; however, Golden LivingCenters also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $33K at one end to $62K at the other end.

Healthcare Services Group, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $37K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $51K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Certified Dietary Manager


Survey takers who work as Certified Dietary Managers typically report just a few professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Job Scheduling can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 48 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Scheduling. Those educated in Budget Management tend to be well versed in Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Dietary Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $34K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $39K. Certified Dietary Managers bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Certified Dietary Manager with more than 20 years of experience can earn $43K on average.

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Experience Affects Certified Dietary Manager Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Certified Dietary Manager Salaries

Job Scheduling
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Nutrition
0%

Budget Management
0%

National Average
$38,000

Operations Management
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Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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