The average Institution and Cafeteria Cook in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.73 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by tenure and the particular employer. For the most part, Institution and Cafeteria Cooks enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly two in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by slightly less than half. Institution and Cafeteria Cooks survey participants are largely women, dominating at 66 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$13,601 - $34,057
(Median)
$14K
$22K
$34K
MEDIAN: $22,275
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$9.14 - $15.92
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$13,601 - $34,057  
   
Bonus
$4.86 - $1,318  
Total Pay (?
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$18,580 - $34,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.14 - $15.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.40  
Overtime
$11.20 - $24.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$4.86 - $1,318  
   
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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$18,580 - $34,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 836
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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


Many Institution and Cafeteria Cooks can be found at Compass Group, Sodexo, Inc., Aramark, Brookdale Senior Living Inc., and Unidine Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. The biggest paychecks can be found at Unidine Corporation — the median salary there is $27K. Aramark, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., and Sodexo, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Institution and Cafeteria Cooks earning around $27K, $26K, or $25K at each firm, respectively.

Also approaching the lower end are Compass Group at $23K, Brookdale Senior Living Inc. at $23K, and Brookdale Living Communities, Inc. at $25K.

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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $22K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $24K on average. Institution and Cafeteria Cooks who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $26K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Institution and Cafeteria Cooks with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $29K.

Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Cook, Institution and Cafeteria in Conway:
"That they don't give raises."
I wouldn't work here if I was you. We overwork ourselves for little pay.

Cook, Institution and Cafeteria in Columbus:
"The level of corporate frugality."
Work hard and fast. Keep your attention on the guest. Give them what they want, to a degree. Be politely stern. They will respect that. They are the one who are really signing our check. Not some corp honcho upstairs.

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 17%

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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