Dietary Aide Salary

Dietary Aides in the United States can expect to earn an average of $9.04 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $7.67 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $12.01. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Dietary Aides making up 78 percent. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Although more than half lack health benefits of any kind, more than two-fifths do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$16,784 - $34,074
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$17K
$21K
$34K
MEDIAN: $20,878
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$7.67 - $12.01
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$7
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$16,784 - $34,074  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $207.98  
Total Pay (?
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$15,993 - $25,622  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.67 - $12.01  
   
Overtime
$1.76 - $18.94  
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $207.98  
   
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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$15,993 - $25,622  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,342
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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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Dietary Aides who go on to become Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $55K annually. 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 Skills for Dietary Aide


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


For Dietary Aides, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $19K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $20K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $21K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

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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 175 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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