Dietary Cook Salary

The average Dietary Cook in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $10.97 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.63 per hour to $15.12. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by career length and the individual firm. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Dietary Cooks making up 72 percent. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and slightly less than half have dental, as well. Most Dietary Cooks are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,597 - $44,385
(Median)
$15K
$25K
$44K
MEDIAN: $24,565
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$8.63 - $15.12
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$14,597 - $44,385  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $265.00  
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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$18,087 - $32,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.63 - $15.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.37  
Overtime
$10.98 - $22.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $265.00  
   
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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$18,087 - $32,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 805
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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 transition into a Food Service Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $36K per year. When Dietary Cooks are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Certified Dietary Managers or Dietary Managers. Those roles pay an additional $12K and $10K, respectively.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Dietary Cooks who took the survey. Food Preparation and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Cook

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $21K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $23K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $25K. 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 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Dietary Cook Salaries

National Average
$23,000

Food Preparation
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 38%
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