Dietary Manager Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Dietary managers work in hospitals and other institutions that serve food. Their hours may vary, depending on the hours of their department. Often, dietary managers work evenings, weekends, and holidays. Their working environment's temperature may vary widely due to temperatures in food preparation and storage areas; work areas may also be loud due to kitchen and cleaning equipment. Dietary managers also must be comfortable wearing personal protective equipment.
Employers may require experience in a supervisory position within the food service industry for dietary manager positions. At minimum, most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent; however, an associate's degree may be preferred. Dietary managers need to have superb written and verbal communication skills, as well strong math skills. They are often responsible for regular reports to regional managers and should have basic computer skills as well. In some cases, dietary managers may be required to be credentialed as a certified dietary manager (CDM).
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.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Dietary Manager
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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