Dietary Manager Salary

The average Dietary Manager in the United States earns approximately $15.38 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.84 per hour and $23.12. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by career duration and the specific company. Work is enjoyable for Dietary Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Dietary Managers making up 78 percent. While just under a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and slightly more than half have dental, as well. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,227 - $51,845
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $38,920
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$10.84 - $23.12
(Median)
$11
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,227 - $51,845  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,762  
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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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$25,196 - $51,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 438
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.84 - $23.12  
   
Overtime
$13.45 - $30.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,762  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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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$25,196 - $51,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 466
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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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Popular Skills for Dietary Manager


Dietary Managers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Budget Management, Job Scheduling, and Budgeting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Operations Management, Order Inventory, and Food Preparation. Most people experienced in Budget Management also know Menu Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Manager

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


Dietary Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $33K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $35K. Dietary Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $38K. 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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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

Inventory Management
up arrow 12%

Budget Management
up arrow 1%

Job Scheduling
up arrow 1%

People Management
0%

Budgeting
0%

National Average
$35,000

Menu Planning
up arrow 4%

Food Preparation
up arrow 4%

Nutrition
up arrow 4%

Operations Management
up arrow 7%

Order Inventory
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
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: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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