The average Dietary Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $15.29 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by tenure and the specific company. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Dietary Managers making up 78 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$28,490 - $53,355
$28K
$40K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,667
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90%

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$10.96 - $21.92
$11
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$22
MEDIAN: $15.29
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,490 - $53,355  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,000  
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$25,237 - $51,193  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 331
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.96 - $21.92  
   
Overtime
$15.04 - $32.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,000  
   
Total Pay (?
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$25,237 - $51,193  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 413

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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

  • 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.
  • Monitor budget and utilize operational resources, participate in nutrition program development.
  • Supervise staff and give technical direction, delegate staff responsibilities.
  • Oversee day-to-day department operational, purchasing and nutrition services.

Common Career Paths for Dietary Manager


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As Dietary Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Food Service Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Food Service Directors earn $50K on average per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dietary Manager


Those at Life Care Centers of America can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $41K.

Popular Skills for Dietary Manager


Survey results imply that Dietary Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Operations Management, certified dietary manager, and Nutrition are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Scheduling, Cook, and Food Preparation. Most people skilled in Budget Management are similarly competent in Menu Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Manager

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


For Dietary Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $32K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $34K. Dietary Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $36K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $41K.

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

Dietary Manager in Wildwood:
"Busy, hot, joyful, Stress."
Pros: Making nutritious food for those that cant. Empty plates because the food was done right.
Cons: HOT HOT HOT.

Dietary Manager in Tennessee:
"Management perks, hard to find and keep good help."
Pros: I am ensuring that the patients are getting delicious food from a sanitary facility.
Cons: Extremely stressful, always on call, finding and keeping good help because we don't pay very much.

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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Key Stats for Dietary Manager

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.
030
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Dietary Manager Salaries



National Average
$35,000



Skills That Affect Dietary Manager Salaries

Inventory Management
up arrow 13%

Operations Management
up arrow 6%

certified dietary manager
up arrow 5%


Budgeting
up arrow 1%

Nutrition
up arrow 1%

People Management
0%

National Average
$35,000


Job Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Order Inventory
up arrow 6%

Food Preparation
up arrow 8%

Cook
up arrow 14%

Scheduling
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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