Median pay for Dietary Aides in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $9.32 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though tenure and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Women make up the vast majority of Dietary Aides (81 percent) who answered the questionnaire. While some workers in this profession — a little more than half — do not have any health coverage, more than two-fifths do receive medical benefits and more than a third have dental insurance. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$15,635 - $35,769
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$16K
$20K
$36K
MEDIAN: $20,347
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$7.95 - $12.44
(Median)
$8
$9
$12
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$15,635 - $35,769  
   
Bonus
$22.69 - $811  
Profit Sharing
$10.00  
Total Pay (?
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$16,583 - $26,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.95 - $12.44  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.76  
Overtime
$5.21 - $18.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$22.69 - $811  
   
Profit Sharing
$10.00  
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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$16,583 - $26,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,494
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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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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. Dietary Aides most often move into positions as Certified Nurse Assistants or Dietary Cooks; those groups report median salaries that are $4K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dietary Aide


Dietary Aides fill the offices of leading firms Genesis HealthCare, Healthcare Services Group, Inc., HCR ManorCare, ManorCare, and Sodexo, Inc. Dietary Aides flock to ManorCare for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $20K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Dietary Aide


Dietary Aides seem to require a number of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Dietary Aide command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Serving. Most people experienced in 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $19K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $20K. Dietary Aides see a median salary of $21K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $23K.

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Experience Affects Dietary Aide Salaries




National Average
$20,000


Skills That Affect Dietary Aide Salaries

Dietary Aide
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Cleaning
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Food Preparation
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National Average
$20,000

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Serving
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 52%
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