Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salary

The average Institution and Cafeteria Cook in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.88 per hour. While experience level and the individual firm impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and a little less than one-half have dental, as well. Women make up the majority of Institution and Cafeteria Cooks (65 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$13,305 - $36,010
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$21K
$36K
MEDIAN: $21,187
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$9.23 - $16.02
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$13,305 - $36,010  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,400  
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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$18,726 - $34,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 96
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.23 - $16.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.40  
Overtime
$12.05 - $24.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,400  
   
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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$18,726 - $34,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 974

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Job Description for Cook, Institution and Cafeteria

Large institutions such as hospitals, hotels, and schools often have cafeterias for visitors and staff to order and eat food. Cafeteria cooks prepare and cook food for these guests that adhere to the relevant health guidelines and their institution's quality standards.

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Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Tasks

  • Prepare ingredients by washing, chopping, weighing, and measuring.
  • Operate cafeteria's equipment to cook and produce meals.
  • Maintain food logs, expenditures, and inventory.
  • Clean and maintain work area, utensils, and dishes.
  • Monitor food quality and test for doneness, serving in standard portions and presentations.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cook, Institution and Cafeteria


Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group, Aramark, Aramark Food Services, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Institution and Cafeteria Cooks. Aramark pays the most with a median salary of $27K, though there is little variation overall ($21K to $32K). Other leaders in compensation levels are Unidine Corporation at $27K, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. at $26K, and Sodexo, Inc., where Institution and Cafeteria Cooks annually earn $26K.

Compass Group doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $23K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $31K and scope of pay is rather limited. Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Aramark Food Services, and Brookdale Living Communities, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $24K, $24K, and $25K.

Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Institution and Cafeteria

Pay by Experience for a Cook, Institution and Cafeteria has a positive trend. An entry-level Cook, Institution and Cafeteria with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 388 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Cook, Institution and Cafeteria with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 336 salaries. An experienced Cook, Institution and Cafeteria which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 333 salaries. A Cook, Institution and Cafeteria with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 187 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $24,792

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Institution and Cafeteria Cooks, Boston provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Institution and Cafeteria Cooks will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+26 percent), Columbus (+21 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tulsa. Workers in St. Louis and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Cook, Institution and Cafeteria?

Cook, Institution and Cafeteria in Conway:
"That they don't give raises."
I wouldn't work here if I was you. We overwork ourselves for little pay.

Cook, Institution and Cafeteria in Columbus:
"The level of corporate frugality."
Work hard and fast. Keep your attention on the guest. Give them what they want, to a degree. Be politely stern. They will respect that. They are the one who are really signing our check. Not some corp honcho upstairs.

Cook, Institution and Cafeteria in Tyler:
"Stressful."
The company cares more about retention for sub-par employees than cycling through until they find the performance they're actually looking for. This leaves the brunt of the work left on the shoulders of those who are actually capable to pick up the significant slack left behind by those who are not.

Cook, Institution and Cafeteria in East Peoria:
"They don't tell you:"
Everything, EVERYTHING, has to be done exactly according to whatever rules Corporate/management has made up for that day. And just when you figure it out, it's wrong.

Key Stats for Cook, Institution and Cafeteria

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 182 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salaries

Late-Career
▲17%

Experienced
▲5%

▼0%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 182 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 38%
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