Dietary Aide Salary

The average Dietary Aide in the United States earns approximately $9.04 per hour. Compensation ranges between $7.68 per hour and $12.02. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Over one-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. Most Dietary Aides are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Most Dietary Aides survey respondents are women (78 percent). The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$16,842 - $33,959

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$7.68 - $12.02

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$16,842 - $33,959  
   
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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$16,013 - $25,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.68 - $12.02  
   
Overtime
$1.79 - $18.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$16,013 - $25,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,369
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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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For Dietary Aides, progressing to a Registered Nurse role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Nurse can earn $55K annually. Dietary Aides moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Certified Nurse Assistants or Dietary Cooks. The median paychecks in those roles are $4K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Dietary Aide


Survey takers who work as Dietary Aides usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Customer Service, Food Preparation, and Cleaning can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Cleaning. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of Cleaning.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Aide

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Dietary Aides with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $19K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $20K. Dietary Aides who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

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 178 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 53%
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