Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salary

Institution and Cafeteria Cooks in the United States can expect wages of $11.91 per hour on average. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Women account for the majority of Institution and Cafeteria Cooks who responded to the questionnaire — 65 percent to be exact. Close to two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and just under one-half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Institution and Cafeteria Cooks. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$12,805 - $40,360
$13K
$23K
$40K
MEDIAN: $22,681
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$9.27 - $16.27
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$0$40K
Salary $12,805 - $40,360
Bonus $0.36 - $1,358
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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$18,863 - $35,339
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 97
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $9.27 - $16.27
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $0.40
Overtime $11.57 - $24.40
Annual Data $0$35K
Bonus $0.36 - $1,358
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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$18,863 - $35,339
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,074

Job Description for Cook, Institution and Cafeteria

Large institutions such as hospitals, hotels, and schools often have cafeterias for visitors and staff to order and eat food. Cafeteria cooks prepare and cook food for these guests that adhere to the relevant health guidelines and their institution's quality standards.

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Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Tasks

  • Prepare ingredients by washing, chopping, weighing, and measuring.
  • Operate cafeteria's equipment to cook and produce meals.
  • Maintain food logs, expenditures, and inventory.
  • Clean and maintain work area, utensils, and dishes.
  • Monitor food quality and test for doneness, serving in standard portions and presentations.

Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Cook, Institution and Cafeteria


Sodexo, Inc., Compass Group, Aramark, Aramark Food Services, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. are all popular places to work. Although salaries only range from $21K to just $32K, Aramark still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $27K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Unidine Corporation, KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., and Sodexo, Inc., where earnings of $27K, $26K, or $26K are standard for Institution and Cafeteria Cooks.

With a median salary of $23K, Compass Group provides Institution and Cafeteria Cooks with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $31K, limiting employee salary growth. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Brookdale Senior Living Inc. ($24K), Aramark Food Services ($24K), and Brookdale Living Communities, Inc. ($25K).

Pay by Experience Level for Cook, Institution and Cafeteria

Pay by Experience for a Cook, Institution and Cafeteria has a positive trend. An entry-level Cook, Institution and Cafeteria with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 388 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Cook, Institution and Cafeteria with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 336 salaries. An experienced Cook, Institution and Cafeteria which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 333 salaries. A Cook, Institution and Cafeteria with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 187 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $24,997

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

Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, Institution and Cafeteria Cooks in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Institution and Cafeteria Cooks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+25 percent), Columbus (+21 percent), San Diego (+8 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). Tulsa ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Houston (12 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Cook, Institution and Cafeteria?

Cook, Institution and Cafeteria in Enid:
"Rewarding."
Pros: Cooking meals and serving children and faculty.
Cons: Other employees who don't show up for work.

Cook, Institution and Cafeteria in Conway:
"That they don't give raises."
I wouldn't work here if I was you. We overwork ourselves for little pay.

Cook, Institution and Cafeteria in Columbus:
"The level of corporate frugality."
Work hard and fast. Keep your attention on the guest. Give them what they want, to a degree. Be politely stern. They will respect that. They are the one who are really signing our check. Not some corp honcho upstairs.

Cook, Institution and Cafeteria in Nashua:
"Pay rate stoppage."
Work hard for advancements.looking to move to montana for transfer to side from N.H.

Cook, Institution and Cafeteria in Hattiesburg:
Be prepared to carry the weight of young inexperienced ppl that just come to work for a pay check and not to gain knowledge.

Cook, Institution and Cafeteria in Valparaiso:
"Preparation."
Don't settle for minimal money go to larger businesses to recieve the most wage. Always practice new techiniques and learn as much as possible in this field and realize lots of competion especially if woman.

Cook, Institution and Cafeteria in Zuni:
Pros: I like to serve lunch and clean up the area for sanitization.
Cons: I thing I dislike the most is how we are getting payed.

Key Stats for Cook, Institution and Cafeteria

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 225 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
20%

Experience Affects Cook, Institution and Cafeteria Salaries

Late-Career
▲16%

Experienced
▲4%

National Average
$25,000

▼1%

Entry-Level
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 225 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 38%