Dietary Manager Salary

Dietary Managers in the United States take home approximately $15.38 per hour on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the particular employer. Female Dietary Managers make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. Most Dietary Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$28,300 - $52,891
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MEDIAN: $39,670
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$10.93 - $21.92
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MEDIAN: $15.38
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,300 - $52,891  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,000  
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$25,168 - $51,104  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 308
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.93 - $21.92  
   
Overtime
$15.08 - $32.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,000  
   
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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$25,168 - $51,104  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 392

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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

  • 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.
  • Oversee day-to-day department operational, purchasing and nutrition services.

Common Career Paths for Dietary Manager


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For Dietary Managers, progressing to a Food Service Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Food Service Director can earn $50K annually.

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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


Dietary Managers report using 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, with boosts between 5 percent and 18 percent. Those listing Scheduling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Cook and Food Preparation also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Budget Management indicates knowledge of 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: $35,149

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

For Dietary Managers, busy Columbus offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Dietary Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+38 percent), San Antonio (+32 percent), Houston (+32 percent), and Indianapolis (+22 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Tulsa is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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 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
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Dietary Manager Salaries

▲16%

▲2%

National Average
$35,000

▼3%

▼7%

Skills That Affect Dietary Manager Salaries

Operations Management
▲18%

Inventory Management
▲13%

certified dietary manager
▲5%


Nutrition
▲1%

People Management
▼0%

Budgeting
▼0%

National Average
$35,000


Job Scheduling
▼2%

Order Inventory
▼6%

Food Preparation
▼9%

Cook
▼14%

Scheduling
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 30%