Dietary Cook Salary
Average Dietary Cooks in the United States make around $11.17 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but the company and experience level are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by just under a half. Most Dietary Cooks survey respondents are women (77 percent). Most Dietary Cooks report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$19,136 - $40,722|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $1,237|
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|$18,597 - $31,988|
|Hourly Rate||$8.88 - $15.00|
|Hourly Tips||$0.00 - $0.00|
|Overtime||$9.06 - $22.85|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $1,237|
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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.Read More...
The dietary cook position may be physically demanding, with the individual being expected to stand and walk for the majority of the shift. Temperatures may vary widely in the kitchen environment and may become very hot, and the dietary cook must be able to work under this environment. This is normally a full time job that takes place in health and rehabilitation centers or similar environments.
Dietary cooks must have a knowledge of cooking, including knowing how to cook many portions of food at one time. Knowledge of how to interpret diet charts and maintain portion control are very important. Generally a high school diploma is required along with at least one year of experience in long-term health care or a similar environment. A dietary cook must also be able to communicate effectively with residents, families, and the facility staff
Dietary Cook Tasks
- Prepare and cook food for patients, employees and visitors.
- Monitor food service for nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards.
- Research food and beverage costs and assist in implementing cost control and waste management procedures.
- 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.
Common Career Paths for Dietary Cook
There are some Dietary Cooks — though it's uncommon — that transition into Food Service Directors, where earnings are an average $50K annually. A common career progression for a Dietary Cook is to become a Certified Dietary Manager or a Dietary Manager. Compared to Dietary Cooks, the first group earns $12K more on average, and the second group earns $10K more.
Popular Employer Salaries for Dietary Cook
Leading companies who hire large numbers of Dietary Cooks include Healthcare Services Group, Inc., Morrison Healthcare, Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Sodexo, Inc., and Genesis HealthCare. Brookdale offers the largest salaries in town — $27K on average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Genesis HealthCare, Life Care Centers of America, and Morrison Healthcare, top-paying firms where Dietary Cooks rake in a decent $25K, $25K, or $25K, respectively.
With a median salary of only $21K, Healthcare Services Group, Inc. pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $17K to $34K isn't that wide, either. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Sodexo, Inc., Brookdale Senior Living Inc., and American Senior Communities, Inc.. Their employees earn $23K on average.
Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Cook
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Dietary Cooks with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $23K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $22K. Dietary Cooks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $26K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $27K.
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