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Dietary Aide Salary

An average Dietary Aide in the United States can expect to take home roughly $9.03 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $7.65 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $12.00. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although a little over a half lack health benefits of any kind, just over two-fifths do enjoy medical insurance, and over a third get dental coverage, too. Most Dietary Aides are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Most Dietary Aides survey respondents are women (77 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$17,221 - $32,779
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$17K
$21K
$33K
MEDIAN: $20,886
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$7.65 - $12.00
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$7
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$12
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$17,221 - $32,779  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $264.25  
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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$15,959 - $25,590  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.65 - $12.00  
   
Overtime
$2.00 - $19.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $264.25  
   
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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$15,959 - $25,590  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,269

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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. Career advancement for the typical Dietary Aide often leads to becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Dietary Cook; median salaries in these positions are $4K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Dietary Aide


Dietary Aides report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Customer Service, Food Preparation, and Cleaning can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Cleaning. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of Cleaning.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Aide

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $19K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $20K. Dietary Aides bring in $21K after working for 10 to 20 years. Dietary Aides who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Dietary Aide Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$19,000


Skills That Affect Dietary Aide Salaries

Food Preparation
0%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$19,000

Cleaning
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 179 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: 42% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 53%
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