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Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salary (United States)

Hourly wages for Institution and Cafeteria Cooks in the United States typically come in around $11.12 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.39 per hour and $15.08. While experience level and the particular employer impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Although about two in five lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and more than two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Female Institution and Cafeteria Cooks are more common than men; more than half (64 percent) of Institution and Cafeteria Cooks are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salary (?
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$12,200 - $38,640
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MEDIAN: $24,174
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Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salary (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$8.39 - $15.08
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$12,200 - $38,640  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $505  
Profit Sharing
$397.77 - $1,119  
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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$17,267 - $32,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.39 - $15.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.34  
Overtime
$7.82 - $23.47  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $505  
   
Profit Sharing
$397.77 - $1,119  
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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$17,267 - $32,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,019
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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.

Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cook, Institution and Cafeteria

Institution and Cafeteria Cooks seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Aramark Food Services, where typical salaries come to $26K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($17K) and those starting out ($32K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Institution and Cafeteria Cooks will find the worst pay at Sodexo, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $23K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $30K, leaving little room for growth. Also approaching the lower end is Aramark Food Services.

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $21K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $24K. On average, Institution and Cafeteria Cooks make $25K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $27K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, over one-half land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than two percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining a little less than a fifth.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Boston
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Los Angeles
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Dallas
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Chicago
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National Average
$24,000
Tulsa
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Charlotte
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For those looking to make money, Institution and Cafeteria Cooks in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Boston, Columbus, Los Angeles, and Dallas are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Institution and Cafeteria Cooks earning around 27 percent, 18 percent, 12 percent, and 6 percent more than average. With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Charlotte is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.
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Experience Affects Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$24,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 185 votes.

Gender

Female
64%
female alumni
 
Male
36%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 39%