Dietary Manager Salary

Dietary Managers in the United States take home an average $15.54 per hour. While years of experience and the individual firm impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Female Dietary Managers make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Although roughly one in three lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and a little over a half get dental coverage, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,855 - $53,814
$29K
$40K
$54K
MEDIAN: $40,303
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$11.25 - $21.79
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MEDIAN: $15.54
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$0$53K
Salary $28,855 - $53,814
Bonus $-0.49 - $9,787
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$25,480 - $51,526
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 310
Hourly Data $0$31
Hourly Rate $11.25 - $21.79
Overtime $15.16 - $31.84
Annual Data $0$51K
Bonus $-0.49 - $9,787
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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$25,480 - $51,526
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 424

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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.

Dietary Manager Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Dietary Manager


Life Care Centers of America offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $41K.

Popular Skills for Dietary Manager


Survey results imply that Dietary Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Inventory Management, certified dietary manager, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Scheduling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Cook and Food Preparation also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Budget Management are similarly competent in Menu Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Manager

Pay by Experience for a Dietary Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Dietary Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 274 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dietary Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 174 salaries. An experienced Dietary Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 236 salaries. A Dietary Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 174 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,992

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Dietary Managers, busy Columbus offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Dietary Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+35 percent), San Antonio (+29 percent), Houston (+29 percent), and Indianapolis (+19 percent). Tulsa is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Vancouver and Tampa (4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Dietary Manager Reviews

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 Heppner:
"Very stressful."
Pros: Application of my knowledge of human nutrition.
Cons: Stressful. Co-workers constant complaining about the menu.

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
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
24%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Dietary Manager Salaries

▲13%

▼0%

National Average
$36,000

▼5%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Dietary Manager Salaries

Operations Management
▲15%

Inventory Management
▲10%

certified dietary manager
▲2%

National Average
$36,000


People Management
▼2%

Budgeting
▼2%

Nutrition
▼2%


Job Scheduling
▼4%

Order Inventory
▼8%

Food Preparation
▼11%

Cook
▼16%

Scheduling
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 33%
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