Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salary

The average Institution and Cafeteria Cook in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.27 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.53 per hour on the low end to $15.29 on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though tenure and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Some workers in this field — just over two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a little more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by more than two-fifths. Women account for the majority of Institution and Cafeteria Cooks who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. Work is enjoyable for Institution and Cafeteria Cooks, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,293 - $36,638
(Median)
$12K
$24K
$37K
MEDIAN: $23,654
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$8.53 - $15.29
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$12,293 - $36,638  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $487.59  
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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$17,569 - $33,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.53 - $15.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.40  
Overtime
$5.54 - $23.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $487.59  
   
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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$17,569 - $33,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,025
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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 flock to Aramark Food Services for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $25K lead the pack in compensation; however, Aramark Food Services also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $17K at one end to $33K at the other end.

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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $22K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $24K. On average, Institution and Cafeteria Cooks make $25K following one to two decades on the job. Institution and Cafeteria Cooks who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $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
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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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