Dietary Cook Salary

Median pay for Dietary Cooks in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $11.21 per hour. While the specific employer and tenure impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by approximately half. Job satisfaction for Dietary Cooks is high. Most Dietary Cooks survey respondents are women (77 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,185 - $42,592
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$27K
$43K
MEDIAN: $26,694
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$8.86 - $15.02
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MEDIAN: $11.21
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National Salary Data (?
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$19,185 - $42,592  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,231  
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$18,572 - $32,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.86 - $15.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$9.16 - $22.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,231  
   
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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$18,572 - $32,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 985

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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

  • 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


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While Dietary Cooks do not often become Food Service Directors, the job pays $50K per year on average. 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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Popular Employer Salaries for Dietary Cook


Dietary Cooks fill the offices of leading firms Healthcare Services Group, Inc., Morrison Healthcare, Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Sodexo, Inc., and Genesis HealthCare. Dietary Cooks flock to Brookdale for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $27K lead the pack in compensation. Soaring salaries can also be found at Genesis HealthCare, Life Care Centers of America, and Morrison Healthcare, where earnings of $25K, $25K, or $25K are standard for Dietary Cooks.

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. Sodexo, Inc., Brookdale Senior Living Inc., and American Senior Communities, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $23K for all three.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Cook

Pay by Experience for a Dietary Cook has a positive trend. An entry-level Dietary Cook with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 380 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dietary Cook with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 295 salaries. An experienced Dietary Cook which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 325 salaries. A Dietary Cook with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 157 salaries.

Dietary Cook Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Dietary Cook?

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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Key Stats for Dietary Cook

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 161 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Dietary Cook Salaries

Late-Career
▲12%

Experienced
▲7%

National Average
$24,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼8%

Skills That Affect Dietary Cook Salaries

National Average
$24,000


Customer Service
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 37%
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