Average Dietary Aides in the United States make around $9.36 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by career length and the specific company. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, a little more than half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than two-fifths and dental insurance is reported by about a third. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. The vast majority of Dietary Aides (82 percent) who responded to the survey are women. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$15,416 - $35,849
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$36K
MEDIAN: $20,060
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$7.96 - $12.53
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MEDIAN: $9.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$15,416 - $35,849  
   
Bonus
$22.30 - $624  
Profit Sharing
$10.00  
Total Pay (?
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$16,588 - $26,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.96 - $12.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$7.89 - $18.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$22.30 - $624  
   
Profit Sharing
$10.00  
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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$16,588 - $26,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,545

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Dietary Aide


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Dietary Aides may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Registered Nurse. The latter position pays an average of $56K annually. 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 Employer Salaries for Dietary Aide


Dietary Aides flock to Healthcare Services Group, Inc., Genesis HealthCare, HCR ManorCare, Brookdale Senior Living Inc., and ManorCare, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. ManorCare offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $20K.

Healthcare Services Group, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $18K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $21K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Dietary Aide


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Dietary Aide, Dietetics, Cleaning, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Cleaning.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Aide

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Dietary Aides — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $19K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $21K. Dietary Aides see a median salary of $21K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $24K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Key Stats for Dietary Aide

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 139 votes.
055
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Dietary Aide Salaries




National Average
$20,000


Skills That Affect Dietary Aide Salaries

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$20,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 139 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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