Dietary Aide Salary

Dietary Aides in the United States can expect to earn an average of $9.04 per hour. Earnings sit near $7.66 per hour on the lower side but can approach $11.99 on the higher side. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Although just over two-fifths have medical coverage and over a third have dental coverage, more than half claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Dietary Aides making up 78 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$16,726 - $32,549
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$17K
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$33K
MEDIAN: $20,608
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$7.66 - $11.99
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$16,726 - $32,549  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $220.00  
Total Pay (?
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$15,983 - $25,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.66 - $11.99  
   
Overtime
$1.97 - $18.94  
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $220.00  
   
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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$15,983 - $25,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,340
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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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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. Dietary Aides typically move into roles as Certified Nurse Assistants or Dietary Cooks, and those positions pay $4K more and $4K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Dietary Aide


Dietary Aides typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $19K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $20K. Dietary Aides with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $21K. Dietary Aides who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Dietary Aide Salaries

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


Skills That Affect Dietary Aide Salaries

Customer Service
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Food Preparation
0%

National Average
$19,000

Cleaning
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
16%
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: 54%
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