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Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salary

Institution and Cafeteria Cooks in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.24 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.46 per hour on the low end to $15.31 on the high end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Institution and Cafeteria Cooks survey participants are largely women, dominating at 67 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by more than two-fifths. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,241 - $38,056
(Median)
$12K
$24K
$38K
MEDIAN: $24,256
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$8.46 - $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
$12,241 - $38,056  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $493.86  
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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$17,436 - $33,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.46 - $15.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.47  
Overtime
$4.07 - $23.83  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $493.86  
   
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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$17,436 - $33,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,002

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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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Although Aramark Food Services boasts the highest average salary in town at $25K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $17K or as much as $33K.

Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Institution and Cafeteria

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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. Institution and Cafeteria Cooks who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $25K. As Institution and Cafeteria Cooks reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $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 11%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 193 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
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 41%
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