Dietary Aide Salary

Median pay for Dietary Aides in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $9.02 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $7.64 per hour, and the top verges on $11.99. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — slightly more than half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than two-fifths and dental plans are enjoyed by more than a third. Most Dietary Aides survey respondents are women (77 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$17,182 - $33,000
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$17K
$22K
$33K
MEDIAN: $21,660
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$7.64 - $11.99
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$11K$22K$33K
Salary
$17,182 - $33,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $288.28  
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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$15,932 - $25,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.64 - $11.99  
   
Overtime
$2.02 - $19.00  
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $288.28  
   
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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$15,932 - $25,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,234

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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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At the upper end, Dietary Aides who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $55K per year. Dietary Aides typically move into roles as Certified Nurse Assistants or Dietary Cooks, and those positions pay $4K more and $4K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Dietary Aide


Dietary Aides note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Food Preparation, Customer Service, and Cleaning can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cleaning. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know Cleaning.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Aide

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


Dietary Aides do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $21K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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Experience Affects Dietary Aide Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$19,000


Skills That Affect Dietary Aide Salaries

Food Preparation
0%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$19,000

Cleaning
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 179 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 53%