The average Dietary Manager in the United States earns approximately $15.36 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by career length and the individual firm. Most Dietary Managers survey respondents are women (79 percent). Most Dietary Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by a majority. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$28,415 - $52,856
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,079
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$11.13 - $22.35
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$11
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,415 - $52,856  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,137  
Total Pay (?
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$25,445 - $50,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 325
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.13 - $22.35  
   
Overtime
$15.12 - $33.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,137  
   
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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$25,445 - $50,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 396
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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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Dietary Managers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Food Service Director. The latter position pays an average of $50K annually.

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Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Life Care Centers of America offers the most; Dietary Managers earn $41K on average there.

Popular Skills for Dietary Manager


Dietary Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Nutrition, Inventory Management, and certified dietary manager are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 13 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Food Preparation and Order Inventory. For most people, competency in Budget Management indicates knowledge of 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $33K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $34K. Dietary Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $36K. 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 $41K.

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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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Experience Affects Dietary Manager Salaries



National Average
$35,000



Skills That Affect Dietary Manager Salaries

Nutrition
up arrow 29%

Inventory Management
up arrow 13%

certified dietary manager
up arrow 5%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Budget Management
up arrow 1%

Budgeting
0%

National Average
$35,000

People Management
up arrow 1%

Menu Planning
up arrow 2%

Operations Management
up arrow 2%

Job Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Order Inventory
up arrow 6%

Food Preparation
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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