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.
|Salary||$13,515 - $33,159|
|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).)
|$18,653 - $34,713|
|Hourly Rate||$9.18 - $16.15|
|Hourly Tips||$0.00 - $0.40|
|Overtime||$12.02 - $24.55|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $1,328|
|Total Pay (||$18,653 - $34,713|
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.Read More...
These professionals work indoors in a kitchen environment. They often collaborate with other cooks in the cafeteria and are responsible for documenting the ingredients required for the foods they are either asked to prepare or decide to prepare. Cooks who work at specialized institutions - for example, hospitals and assisted living facilities - may also be required to know the type of food that their clients can and cannot eat. This may also include preparing food choices that fit common dietary requirements, such as meals that are low in fat or contain no sugar. Cafeteria cooks must also follow the proper procedures for food waste and maintaining a sanitary workstation.
Cafeteria cooks must be able to efficiently establish an effective system for food preparation in the kitchen. This includes preparing their stations, cooking their food, serving a consistent portion size, and being able to adjust dishes if a client has special food related needs. They must able to prepare food under strict deadlines (such as specific lunch and dinner times), and they typically must be able to prepare food quickly and efficiently. The position may be both physically and mentally demanding; it also requires excellent communication skills with colleagues and, as needed, customers.
Cafeteria cooks generally need to provide proof of culinary arts and food preparation certification or accreditation from an accredited institution. Previous experience may be preferred.
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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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.
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