Dietary Cook Salary

Pay for Dietary Cooks in the United States sits in the ballpark of $10.98 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.63 per hour, and the top verges on $15.11. While career duration and the particular employer impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Female Dietary Cooks make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Although over a third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just under a half get dental coverage, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,707 - $44,042
(Median)
$15K
$25K
$44K
MEDIAN: $25,000
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$8.63 - $15.11
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$14,707 - $44,042  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $265.00  
Total Pay (?
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$18,102 - $32,073  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.63 - $15.11  
   
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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$18,102 - $32,073  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 810
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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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For Dietary Cooks, progressing to a Food Service Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Food Service Manager can earn $36K annually. Career advancement for the typical Dietary Cook often leads to becoming a Certified Dietary Manager or a Dietary Manager; median salaries in these positions are $12K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Dietary Cooks report a focused set of job skills. Food Preparation and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Cook

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


Dietary Cooks do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. During the first five years of their careers, Dietary Cooks see a median income of $21K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $23K. 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 6%

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 3%

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
30%
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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