Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salary

An average Institution and Cafeteria Cook in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.44 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.63 per hour on the low end to $15.40 on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the particular employer. Although more than half have medical coverage and more than two-fifths have dental coverage, just over two-fifths claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up the majority of Institution and Cafeteria Cooks (66 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,483 - $36,469
(Median)
$14K
$24K
$36K
MEDIAN: $24,010
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$8.63 - $15.40
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$14,483 - $36,469  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $412.17  
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
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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$17,893 - $33,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.63 - $15.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.36  
Overtime
$7.16 - $23.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $412.17  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
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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$17,893 - $33,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,108
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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

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

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cook, Institution and Cafeteria


Sodexo, Inc., Aramark Food Services, Aramark, Compass Group, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Institution and Cafeteria Cooks. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Brookdale Senior Living Inc. offers the most; Institution and Cafeteria Cooks earn $26K on average there.

Employees of Aramark Food Services can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $25K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $17K to $33K.

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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $22K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $24K. Institution and Cafeteria Cooks who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $25K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Institution and Cafeteria Cook with more than 20 years of experience can earn $27K on average.

Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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.

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Experience Affects Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$24,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 208 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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