Dietary Cook Salary

Dietary Cooks in the United States can expect wages of $10.89 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.58 per hour, and the top verges on $14.99. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career duration and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. While over a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and a little less than one-half have dental, as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Dietary Cooks making up 74 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,067 - $40,268
(Median)
$19K
$26K
$40K
MEDIAN: $25,579
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$8.58 - $14.99
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,067 - $40,268  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $307.67  
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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$18,067 - $31,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.58 - $14.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$10.85 - $22.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $307.67  
   
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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$18,067 - $31,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 951
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Job Description for Dietary Cook

A dietary cook is generally responsible for providing meals that are nutritious and appetizing to their clients. The meals need to be carefully handled, prepared correctly, and served at the right temperature and in correct serving sizes. They are also responsible for checking their organization's menu daily and ensuring that preparation for the upcoming meals have been completed. Additionally, the dietary cook must ensure that all cooking supplies and dishware are properly cleaned, which includes making a schedule to ensure this is accomplished.

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Dietary Cook Tasks

  • Clean and inspect equipment, appliances, and work areas in order to ensure cleanliness and functional operation.
  • Prepare major meals by following recipes, determining food quantities and following meal time schedules.
  • Research food and beverage costs and assist in implementing cost control and waste management procedures.
  • Prepare and cook food for patients, employees and visitors.
  • Monitor food service for nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards.

Common Career Paths for Dietary Cook


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Dietary Cooks who advance into the role of a Food Service Manager are fairly uncommon. Food Service Managers on average earn $36K per year. Dietary Cooks typically move into roles as Certified Dietary Managers or Dietary Managers, and those positions pay $12K more and $11K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dietary Cook


Genesis HealthCare offers the largest salaries in town — $25K on average.

The consistently lowest paying firm is Healthcare Services Group, Inc., where the median salary is just $21K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $17K to $31K.


Dietary Cooks usually report a few specific skills. Food Preparation and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Cook

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


For many Dietary Cooks, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $21K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $22K. On average, Dietary Cooks make $25K following one to two decades on the job. As Dietary Cooks reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $27K.

Dietary Cook Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Dietary Cook in Everett:
"Don't care, because they sure don't."
Be prepared to do the impossible at all times in the shortest amount of time. Often times the food budget is small but federal rules require certain things to be followed but you will be held responsible when a food wasn't done correctly because items were not ordered. If you have any items on new food items I hope they will let you use them because most times you have to follow the same menu serving the same boring stuff all the time. Treat this job like you are in the military, just do as you are told, trying to explain yourself usually doesn't work.

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Experience Affects Dietary Cook Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$23,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Dietary Cook Salaries

National Average
$23,000

Food Preparation
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 184 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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