Dietary Cook Salary

Dietary Cooks in the United States pull down an average of $10.89 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.58 per hour, and the top verges on $14.99. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the specific company. Although the larger part have medical coverage and slightly less than half have dental coverage, over a third claim no health benefits at all. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Dietary Cooks — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Most Dietary Cooks survey respondents are women (74 percent). The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,067 - $40,268
(Median)
$19K
$26K
$40K
MEDIAN: $25,579
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$8.58 - $14.99
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,067 - $40,268  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $307.67  
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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$18,067 - $31,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.58 - $14.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$10.85 - $22.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $307.67  
   
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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$18,067 - $31,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 951
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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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It's not very common for Dietary Cooks to move on to become Food Service Managers. Average pay for a Food Service Manager is $36K annually. It is quite typical for Dietary Cooks to transition into roles as Certified Dietary Managers or Dietary Managers, where reported median earnings are $12K and $11K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dietary Cook


Genesis HealthCare offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $25K.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $31K, Healthcare Services Group, Inc. still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $21K, the lowest in the field.


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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Cook

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


For Dietary Cooks, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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 $22K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Dietary Cooks make a median salary of $25K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $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 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

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 184 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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