Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salary

Pay for Institution and Cafeteria Cooks in the United States sits in the ballpark of $11.86 per hour. While experience level and the particular employer impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. More than half of Institution and Cafeteria Cooks (65 percent) survey participants are women. Work is enjoyable for Institution and Cafeteria Cooks, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately two in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by just under one-half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$13,152 - $33,172
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MEDIAN: $20,560
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$9.20 - $16.04
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,152 - $33,172  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,328  
Total Pay (?
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$18,616 - $34,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.20 - $16.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.39  
Overtime
$12.06 - $24.31  
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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$18,616 - $34,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 906

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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


Institution and Cafeteria Cooks fill the offices of leading firms Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group, Aramark, Aramark Food Services, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. Institution and Cafeteria Cooks in search of the best pay head to Aramark, where the median salary rolls in at $27K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $32K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $21K. Also paying near the top of the field are Unidine Corporation at $27K, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. at $26K, and Sodexo, Inc., where Institution and Cafeteria Cooks annually earn $26K.

Employees at Compass Group take home the smallest paychecks, and $23K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $19K and quickly nearing the top at only $31K. 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: $24,756

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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+26 percent), Columbus (+22 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. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (11 percent less) and Houston (8 percent less).

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 156 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
19%
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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 156 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
26%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 39%