Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salary

Institution and Cafeteria Cooks in the United States take home approximately $11.31 per hour on average. Earnings sit near $8.53 per hour on the lower side but can approach $15.28 on the higher side. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though years of experience and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. While nearly two in five report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well. The majority of Institution and Cafeteria Cooks claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Institution and Cafeteria Cooks who responded to the questionnaire — 66 percent to be exact. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$14,302 - $38,082

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$8.53 - $15.28

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$14,302 - $38,082  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $491.63  
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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$17,721 - $33,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.53 - $15.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.39  
Overtime
$5.96 - $23.97  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $491.63  
   
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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$17,721 - $33,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,022
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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


The biggest paychecks can be found at Brookdale Senior Living Inc. — the median salary there is $26K.

Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Institution and Cafeteria

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Institution and Cafeteria Cooks — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $22K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $24K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $25K in this role. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Institution and Cafeteria Cooks with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $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 3%

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
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 41%
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