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Dietary Aide Salary

Earnings for Dietary Aides in the United States come in at around $9.04 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.66 per hour and $12.01. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Though the majority of Dietary Aides do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Female Dietary Aides make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. More than half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than two-fifths report medical coverage and more than a third claim dental coverage as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,179 - $33,000
(Median)
$17K
$21K
$33K
MEDIAN: $20,643
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$7.66 - $12.01
(Median)
$7
$9
$12
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary 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$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$17,179 - $33,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $255.32  
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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$15,980 - $25,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.66 - $12.01  
   
Overtime
$1.99 - $19.07  
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$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $255.32  
   
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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$15,980 - $25,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,285
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Job Description for Dietary Aide

A dietary aide is a member of the dietary team that works under the supervision of a registered dietitian. A dietary aide must hold a high school diploma or GED. No formal certification is required, and many dietary aides learn their trade via on-the-job training. There are also educational certificate programs for those that desire a more formal training structure in becoming a dietary aide. The roles of the dietary aide include meal planning and preparation, meal delivery, and general custodial duties. The ideal dietary aide is very detail-oriented, organized, self-motivated, and has interest and experience with food preparation, nutrition and health. Dietary aides must be people-oriented, as they generally deliver food to various populations in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities, assisted-living facilities, daycares, schools, and home health settings. The hours can vary, including nights, weekends, and holidays. Generally work schedules are flexible, and can range from 4 to 12 hour days. Working conditions are overall generally favorable. Work is indoors, but may require frequent standing, heavy lifting and hot kitchen conditions, as well as working with knives and other kitchen equipment. Dietary aides, as members of the healthcare field, are frequently in demand.


Dietary Aide Tasks

  • Observe patient food intake and report progress and dietary problems to dietician.
  • Monitor food preferences, menu compliance and dietary restrictions.
  • Assist with meal preparation, dining room assistance, dishwashing and cleaning of kitchen.

Common Career Paths for Dietary Aide


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Dietary Aides who transition into a Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $55K per year. Dietary Aides most often move into positions as Certified Nurse Assistants or Dietary Cooks; those groups report median salaries that are $4K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Dietary Aide


Job skills reported by Dietary Aides are limited. Those who have experience with Customer Service, Food Preparation, and Cleaning can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cleaning. Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well versed in Cleaning.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Aide

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $19K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $20K. Dietary Aides bring in $21K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Experience Affects Dietary Aide Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$19,000


Skills That Affect Dietary Aide Salaries

Food Preparation
0%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$19,000

Cleaning
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 53%
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