Dietary Aide Salary

Dietary Aides in the United States can expect wages of $9.12 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $7.76 per hour and $12.11. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly more than half lack coverage. On the flip side, more than two-fifths have medical insurance and more than a third receive dental plans. Work is enjoyable for Dietary Aides, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Dietary Aides making up 79 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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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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At the upper end, Dietary Aides who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $55K per year. Certified Nurse Assistants or Dietary Cooks are common next-step roles for Dietary Aides moving up in their careers; annual pay for Certified Nurse Assistants is $4K higher on average, and it's $4K higher for Dietary Cooks.

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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


Dietary Aides report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, Food Preparation, Serving, and Cleaning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Cleaning and Serving. Most people familiar with 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. 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. Dietary Aides see a median salary of $21K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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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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