Dietary Aide Salary

Pay for Dietary Aides in the United States sits in the ballpark of $9.12 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.76 per hour and $12.11. While career duration and the specific company impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and a little over a half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by just over two-fifths and dental coverage is claimed by over a third. Most Dietary Aides survey respondents are women (79 percent). Job satisfaction for Dietary Aides is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$17,191 - $34,883
(Median)
$17K
$20K
$35K
MEDIAN: $20,481
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$7.76 - $12.11
(Median)
$7
$9
$12
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$17,191 - $34,883  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $199.78  
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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$16,182 - $25,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.76 - $12.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.76  
Overtime
$3.02 - $19.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $199.78  
   
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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$16,182 - $25,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,630
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Job Description for Dietary Aide

Dietary aides are responsible for preparing food for individuals in facilities, often in the healthcare industry or assisted living facilities. They prepare food and handle pre-prepared food created by cooks. Depending on their facility, food may be served in a general dining hall or in residents' or patients' individual rooms. A dietary aide also conducts cleaning-related tasks such as cleaning the kitchen and washing pots, pans and dishes. Dietary aides must ensure that procedures related to hygiene and food safety are followed at all times. Other tasks that may be performed by dietary aides include keeping track of inventory of both food and essential non-food items, tracking expenses, planning menus and assisting with educational programs on nutrition. Dietary aides generally report to the managers, assistant managers, and/or cooks and chefs on duty during their shift.

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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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As Dietary Aides transition into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Registered Nurses earn $55K on average per year. A common career progression for a Dietary Aide is to become a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Dietary Cook. Compared to Dietary Aides, the first group earns $4K more on average, and the second group earns $4K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dietary Aide


Pay for Dietary Aides is best at Genesis HealthCare, which offers a median salary of $19K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $17K to $23K.

Popular Skills for Dietary Aide


Job skills reported by Dietary Aides are limited. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, Food Preparation, Serving, and Cleaning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cleaning and Serving. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Cleaning.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Aide

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


Dietary Aides do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $19K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $20K. For Dietary Aides, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $21K. Dietary Aides with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects Dietary Aide Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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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

Serving
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Cleaning
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 189 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 52%
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