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Dietary Aide Salary (United States)

The average Dietary Aide in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $8.99 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.57 per hour and $12.03. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. A little more than half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, just over two-fifths report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. Though the majority of Dietary Aides do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Dietary Aides making up 75 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Dietary Aide Salary (?
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$17,014 - $31,262
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MEDIAN: $20,481
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Dietary Aide Salary (?
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$7.57 - $12.03
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MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$17,014 - $31,262  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $295.26  
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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$15,803 - $25,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.57 - $12.03  
   
Overtime
$3.18 - $19.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $295.26  
   
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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$15,803 - $25,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,124
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Dietary Aides who advance to upper-end positions like Registered Nurse. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $55K per year. It is quite typical for Dietary Aides to transition into roles as Certified Nurse Assistants or Dietary Cooks, where reported median earnings are $4K and $4K higher per year.

Dietary Aide Job Listings

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Dietary Aides report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Food Preparation, Customer Service, and Cleaning can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cleaning. Food Preparation is a skill commonly found among those who know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Aide

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Dietary Aides, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $18K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $20K. Dietary Aides with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $21K. Dietary Aides who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $23K.

Pay Difference By Location

Philadelphia
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Cincinnati
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National Average
$19,000
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For Dietary Aides, busy Philadelphia offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Dietary Aides can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+19 percent), Denver (+10 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), and San Diego (+3 percent). Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Tampa is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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
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Customer Service
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National Average
$19,000
Cleaning
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 53%