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Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salary (United States)

Median pay for Institution and Cafeteria Cooks in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $11.15 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $8.38 per hour and $15.16. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by tenure and the specific company. The majority of Institution and Cafeteria Cooks (65 percent) who took the survey are female. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly two in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by just over two-fifths. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salary (?
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$12,229 - $38,707
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MEDIAN: $24,546
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Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salary (?
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National Salary Data

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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$12,229 - $38,707  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $504  
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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$17,268 - $32,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.38 - $15.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.04  
Overtime
$6.68 - $23.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
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$0.00 - $504  
   
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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$17,268 - $32,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,009
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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

Salaries are easily beat at Sodexo, Inc., where median pay comes to just $23K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $19K and ending at $31K, range in salary is rather small.

Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Institution and Cafeteria

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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. For Institution and Cafeteria Cooks, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $25K. 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.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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New York
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Boston
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Columbus
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San Diego
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Dallas
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National Average
$24,000
Chicago
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Pittsburgh
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Tulsa
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Charlotte
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Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Institution and Cafeteria Cooks in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Institution and Cafeteria Cooks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+28 percent), Boston (+27 percent), Columbus (+17 percent), and San Diego (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Charlotte is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Pittsburgh and Tulsa (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salaries

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

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 191 votes.

Gender

Female
65%
female alumni
 
Male
35%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 40%