Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salary (United States)

Cafeteria Cooks in the United States can expect to earn an average 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 experience level and the specific company. Health benefits are not claimed by all—39 percent lack any form of coverage—but more than half have medical insurance, and 45 percent have dental, too. Cafeteria Cooks are largely women, dominating the profession at 64 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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 (?
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  
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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

Aramark Food Services attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $25,693—but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $16,979 while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $33K. Pay for Cafeteria Cooks is the lowest at Sodexo, Inc., which has a median salary of $22,675. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $30K.

Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Institution and Cafeteria

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Cafeteria Cooks, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $21K; however, pay rises to approximately $24K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $25K. Wages continue to grow, though somewhat marginally, for Cafeteria Cooks after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $27K. 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 19 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Los Angeles
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Chicago
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National Average
$24,000
Tulsa
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Charlotte
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For those looking to make money, Cafeteria Cooks in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Boston, Columbus, Los Angeles, and Dallas, top-paying markets where Cafeteria Cooks rake in more than the national norm (+27 percent, +18 percent, +12 percent, and +6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Charlotte, which sits 15 percent below the national average.

Experience Affects Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salaries

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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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