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Dietary Aide Salary (United States)

The average wage for a Dietary Aide is $8.96 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 10 years' experience in this career.
Dietary Aide Salary (?
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$16,360 - $31,441
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MEDIAN: $20,226
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Dietary Aide Salary (?
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$7.53 - $11.99
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National Salary Data

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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$16,360 - $31,441  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $306.19  
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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$15,712 - $25,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.53 - $11.99  
   
Overtime
$2.97 - $19.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $306.19  
   
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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$15,712 - $25,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,073
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Aide

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

Pay Difference By Location

Philadelphia
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Chicago
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Dallas
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San Diego
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Houston
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Cincinnati
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National Average
$19,000
Tampa
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Cleveland
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Experience Affects Dietary Aide Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%
Experienced
up arrow 11%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$19,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Dietary Aide Salaries

Food Preparation
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Customer Service
0%
National Average
$19,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 53%