Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salary

An average Institution and Cafeteria Cook in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.24 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.52 per hour to $15.28. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by career length and the particular employer. Institution and Cafeteria Cooks survey participants are largely women, dominating at 67 percent. Although over one-half have medical coverage and just over two-fifths have dental coverage, more than two-fifths claim no health benefits at all. Most Institution and Cafeteria Cooks report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,266 - $36,032
(Median)
$12K
$24K
$36K
MEDIAN: $23,502
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90%

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$8.52 - $15.28
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$12,266 - $36,032  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $490.35  
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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$17,546 - $33,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.52 - $15.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.40  
Overtime
$4.88 - $23.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $490.35  
   
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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$17,546 - $33,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,027
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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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Although Aramark Food Services leads the field in pay with a median salary of $25K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $17K on the low end all the way up to $33K at the top.

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $22K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $24K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Institution and Cafeteria Cooks make a median salary of $25K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $27K.

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 12%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$24,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 197 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 42%
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