A Dietary Aide earns an average wage of $8.93 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 10 years' experience in this field. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
Dietary Aide Total Pay (?
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$15,893 - $33,221
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MEDIAN: $20,347
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Dietary Aide Total Pay (?
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$7.48 - $12.02
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MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$15,893 - $33,221  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $360.65  
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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$15,618 - $25,596  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,041
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.48 - $12.02  
   
Overtime
$3.64 - $19.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $360.65  
   
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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$15,618 - $25,596  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,041
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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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Aide
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Denver
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Chicago
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San Diego
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Cincinnati
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$19,000
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Experience Affects Dietary Aide Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 10%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$19,000

Skills That Affect Dietary Aide Salaries

Customer Service
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Food Preparation
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National Average
$19,000
Cleaning
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 142 votes.
Gender
Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 54%
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