Dietary Aide Salary

Average Dietary Aides in the United States make around $9.63 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by tenure and the particular employer. The vast majority of Dietary Aides (80 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — a little more than half lack coverage. On the flip side, more than two-fifths have medical insurance and close to one-third receive dental plans. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$15,446 - $35,469
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$35K
MEDIAN: $19,649
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$8.03 - $12.73
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$0$35K
Salary $15,446 - $35,469
Bonus $7.57 - $700
Profit Sharing $29.00
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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$16,739 - $27,203
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 20
Hourly Data $0$19
Hourly Rate $8.03 - $12.73
Hourly Tips $0.53
Overtime $7.82 - $19.46
Annual Data $0$27K
Bonus $7.57 - $700
Profit Sharing $29.00
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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$16,739 - $27,203
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,514

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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

  • Assist with meal preparation, dining room assistance, dishwashing and cleaning of kitchen.
  • Monitor food preferences, menu compliance and dietary restrictions.
  • Observe patient food intake and report progress and dietary problems to dietician.

Common Career Paths for Dietary Aide


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As Dietary Aides transition into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Registered Nurses earn $56K on average per year. Typical career progression for a Dietary Aide involves becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Dietary Cook, roles that pay $3K more and $3K more on average.

Dietary Aide Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Dietary Aide


Many Dietary Aides can be found at Healthcare Services Group, Inc., Genesis HealthCare, Brookdale Senior Living Inc., HCR ManorCare, and ManorCare, firms that are at the top of the field. HCR ManorCare offers the largest salaries in town — $21K on average.

The lowest salaries can be found at Healthcare Services Group, Inc. — median pay is $18K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $17K and only reaching $20K.

Popular Skills for Dietary Aide


Dietary Aides report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Dietary Aide, Dietetics, Sanitation, and Cleaning are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like dishwasher. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Cleaning.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Aide

Pay by Experience for a Dietary Aide has a positive trend. An entry-level Dietary Aide with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $19,000 based on 1,129 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dietary Aide with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 312 salaries. An experienced Dietary Aide which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 195 salaries. A Dietary Aide with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 53 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $20,210

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 65 percent, Dietary Aides in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Dietary Aides will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+16 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), San Antonio (+5 percent), and Denver (+4 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Louis and Cincinnati (10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Dietary Aide Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Dietary Aide?

Dietary Aide in Salida:
Pros: I love serving the residents. I love the residents I love making them smile It is very rewarding.
Cons: High turn over, always understaffed, having to do other people's job,

Dietary Aide in Greencastle:
"Stress."
Pros: My hours and location.
Cons: My income.

Dietary Aide in Youngstown:
Pros: Free Food!
Cons: The hourly rate.

Dietary Aide in Santa Maria:
Pros: My co-workers and ensuring resident health and well being.
Cons: My supervisor and administrators lack of business sense or tact.

Dietary Aide in Columbus:
"It was good to work as a dietary aids."
Pros: I like to the people, and take the other.
Cons:

Dietary Aide in Miami:
"Helping others."
Pros: I get to help others day & build a close relationship with them.
Cons: Not making a big enough difference.

Dietary Aide in Fort Scott:
"Very hard woek."
Pros: Working with people.
Cons: Not leaving on time.

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Key Stats for Dietary Aide

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 159 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Dietary Aide Salaries

▲20%

▲6%

▲2%

National Average
$20,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Dietary Aide Salaries

Dietary Aide
▲17%

Dietetics
▲4%

Sanitation
▲3%


▼0%

National Average
$20,000

Food Preparation
▼1%

Serving
▼2%

dishwasher
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 159 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
no benefits
None: 54%
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