Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salary (United States)

Pay for Cafeteria Cooks in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $11.12 per hour. Pay generally spreads from $8.39 per hour to $15.08. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. 39 percent of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and 45 percent claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Cafeteria Cooks (64 percent) are female. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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 (?
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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 (?
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$17,267 - $32,919  
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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 (?
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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  
PayScale
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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cook, Institution and Cafeteria

For Cafeteria Cooks, comfortable salaries can be found at Aramark Food Services; in fact, typical earnings are around $25,693, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($16,979 versus $33K) is great. The lowest salaries can be found at Sodexo, Inc.—median pay is $22,675—and there is little variability in compensation, with paychecks starting at $18,671 and only reaching $30K.

Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Institution and Cafeteria

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Cafeteria Cooks do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Starting out, salaries are typically $21K, which grows to $24K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $25K. After 20 years of work in the field, Cafeteria Cooks typically earn $27K and go on to enjoy (slight) increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 27 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about one-fifth. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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National Average
$24,000
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With a pay rate for Cafeteria Cooks that is 29 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Boston, Columbus, Los Angeles, and Dallas, where Cafeteria Cooks typically earn around 27 percent, 18 percent, 12 percent, and 6 percent more than usual. Charlotte is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent.

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 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%
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