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.

$19,136 - $40,722
$19K
$26K
$41K
MEDIAN: $26,340
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$8.88 - $15.00
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MEDIAN: $11.17
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,136 - $40,722  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,237  
Total Pay (?
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$18,597 - $31,988  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.88 - $15.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$9.06 - $22.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,237  
   
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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$18,597 - $31,988  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 916

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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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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.

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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.

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 135 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Dietary Cook Salaries

Late-Career
▲12%

Experienced
▲7%

National Average
$24,000

Mid-Career
▼2%

Entry-Level
▼7%

Skills That Affect Dietary Cook Salaries

National Average
$24,000


Customer Service
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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