Dietary Manager Salary

The average Dietary Manager in the United States earns approximately $14.94 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $10.30 per hour and $22.62. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but tenure and the specific company are influential factors as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and a little over a half receive dental plans. Female Dietary Managers make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Most Dietary Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,494 - $52,793
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$27K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $38,664
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$10.30 - $22.62
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$27,494 - $52,793  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,934  
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$24,484 - $51,243  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 337
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Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $22.62  
   
Overtime
$12.36 - $28.97  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,934  
   
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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$24,484 - $51,243  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 342

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Job Description for Dietary Manager

Dietary managers are responsible for the overall planning, organizing, and directing of dietary departments. They are required to ensure that the department adheres to company policy, as well as federal and state government regulations. Their departments provide food service and nutritional care to people in hospitals and other institutions; they may also oversee dining rooms and special catering events. Additionally, dietary managers handle the selection and supervision of staff. They ensure that their staff stores, prepares, and delivers food appropriately. They may also be responsible for preparation of menus, purchasing food and supplies, and inventory control. Dietary managers are ultimately responsible for the safe and sanitary execution of the kitchen.

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Dietary Manager Tasks

  • Supervise staff and give technical direction, delegate staff responsibilities.
  • Oversee day-to-day department operational, purchasing and nutrition services.
  • Conduct nutritional analysis and global menu planning.
  • Manage the selection, training and development of staff.
  • Ensure food service is in compliance with nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.

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Popular Skills for Dietary Manager


Survey results suggest that Dietary Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, People Management, Budgeting, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Order Inventory, Menu Planning, and Operations Management. Those familiar with Budget Management also tend to know Menu Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Manager

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $32K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $34K. Dietary Managers see a median salary of $38K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $41K.

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What is it like working as a Dietary Manager?

Dietary Manager in Okmulgee:
Pros: I like that I get to ensure that my residents are getting adequate nutrition and that the food they eat is safe and healthy for them.
Cons: I am constantly putting out fires so to speak.

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Experience Affects Dietary Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%


National Average
$35,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Dietary Manager Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 3%

Inventory Management
up arrow 1%

Budgeting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$35,000

Food Preparation
up arrow 3%

Menu Planning
up arrow 6%

Operations Management
up arrow 6%

Order Inventory
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 32%