Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salary

Median pay for Institution and Cafeteria Cooks in the United States is around $11.82 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Most Institution and Cafeteria Cooks like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up the majority of Institution and Cafeteria Cooks (66 percent) who completed the questionnaire. While some workers in this profession — roughly two in five — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$13,515 - $33,159
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$22K
$33K
MEDIAN: $21,510
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$9.18 - $16.15
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MEDIAN: $11.82
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,515 - $33,159  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,328  
Total Pay (?
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$18,653 - $34,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.18 - $16.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.40  
Overtime
$12.02 - $24.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,328  
   
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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$18,653 - $34,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 902

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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


Compass Group, Sodexo, Inc., Aramark, Aramark Food Services, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Institution and Cafeteria Cooks. Salary cannot be beat at Aramark, where median pay comes to $27K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $21K, and the higher end is not far away at $32K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Unidine Corporation, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., and Sodexo, Inc., where Institution and Cafeteria Cooks typically earn around $27K, $26K, or $26K, respectively.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Compass Group ($23K), Brookdale Senior Living Inc. ($24K), and Brookdale Living Communities, Inc. ($25K).

Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Institution and Cafeteria

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


For Institution and Cafeteria Cooks, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $23K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $25K. On average, Institution and Cafeteria Cooks make $26K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $29K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 148 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salaries

Late-Career
▲17%

Experienced
▲4%

▼0%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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