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Dietary Cook Salary

Median pay for Dietary Cooks in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $10.92 per hour. Compensation ranges between $8.44 per hour and $15.17. For the most part, Dietary Cooks enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Dietary Cooks make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Although more than a third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and just under a half get dental coverage, too. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$15,732 - $42,500
(Median)
$16K
$25K
$42K
MEDIAN: $25,014
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$8.44 - $15.17
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$15,732 - $42,500  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $392.54  
Total Pay (?
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$17,846 - $32,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.44 - $15.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.32  
Overtime
$11.48 - $22.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $392.54  
   
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).
)
$17,846 - $32,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 701
United States (change)

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 may go on to top-notch roles like Food Service Manager, where median pay is $36K annually. The most common next step for a Dietary Cook is to become a Certified Dietary Manager or a Dietary Manager. The former position pays an additional $12K per year on average, and the latter position pays $10K more per year.

Dietary Cook Job Listings

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Dietary Cooks only report a few specific skills. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $21K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $23K. Dietary Cooks see a median salary of $25K after reaching one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Dietary Cook generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $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 17%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

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 144 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: 37%