Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salary

The average Institution and Cafeteria Cook in the United States earns approximately $11.21 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.43 per hour to $15.31. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but career duration and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Nearly two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and just over two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Institution and Cafeteria Cooks claim high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Institution and Cafeteria Cooks (67 percent) survey participants are women. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$12,217 - $38,205
(Median)
$12K
$25K
$38K
MEDIAN: $24,515
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$8.43 - $15.31
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$12,217 - $38,205  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $495.46  
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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$17,380 - $33,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.43 - $15.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.69  
Overtime
$4.88 - $23.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $495.46  
   
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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$17,380 - $33,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 995

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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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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 $31K, leaving little room for growth.

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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $22K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $24K. Institution and Cafeteria Cooks see a median salary of $25K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $27K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Cook, Institution and Cafeteria in East Peoria:
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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 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 194 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: 56% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 41%