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.

$8.92 - $14.97
MEDIAN: $11.00

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$8.92 - $14.97  
$10.35 - $20.68  
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$18,528 - $31,977  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 104

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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.


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.

Dietary Clerk Reviews

What is it like working as a Dietary Clerk?

Dietary Clerk in San Antonio Tx:
"Can Be Very Stressful."
Pros: Working with patients nurses and doctors and learning all kinds of diets.
Cons: Always short of staff knowing that the hospital makes money could better pay us so employees can stay.

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Job Satisfaction

Rated 3 out of 5
based on 8 votes.


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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 23%