Dietary Clerk Salary
Dietary Clerks in the United States take home an average $11.63 per hour. The vast majority of Dietary Clerks (90 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Dietary Clerk
Dietary clerks work primarily for hospitals, while some also work for senior housing centers, nursing homes, daycare centers, and school cafeterias. A high school diploma or GED is generally required for this position, and most employers prefer those who have earned a relevant college degree or attended a trade school. They must have training in nutrition services and knowledge of food preparation, as their work revolves around food service and preparation.Read More...
Dietary clerks may work closely with the kitchen staff and their purchasing agents and must always follow their employer's nutritional programs. They usually work under the supervision of a dietitian and may actively plan and produce meals for their clients. They must always follow their employer’s established guidelines related to food and nutrition, and some may also be tasked with counseling clients about dietary needs.
Those in this position may be required to read journals related to food and nutrition or attend various workshops, and they must always follow their employer’s guidelines related to health and safety and the food being served at their facilities. They must be willing to learn and apply all food safety and sanitation guidelines and policies and may be required to pass a test administered by Department of Health and Food Safety or a similar test for the restaurant/hospitality industry. They must also stay up-to-date with all new trends in food and nutrition.
Dietary Clerk Tasks
- Enters dietary data information on master menu for use by kitchen staff in preparation of foods for patients.
- Provide clerical support, answering phone and filing.
- Process orders for food preferences, menu compliance and dietary restrictions.
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Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Clerk
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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $23K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $27K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $29K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.