Dietary Aide Salary

The average Dietary Aide in the United States earns approximately $9.65 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just over a half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than two-fifths and dental insurance is reported by more than a third. Women make up the vast majority of Dietary Aides (80 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Job satisfaction for Dietary Aides is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$15,658 - $35,863
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MEDIAN: $20,482
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$8.03 - $12.81
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$0$35K
Salary $15,658 - $35,863
Bonus $1.93 - $618
Profit Sharing $29.00
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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$16,750 - $27,493
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 25
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $8.03 - $12.81
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $7.94 - $20.33
Annual Data $0$27K
Bonus $1.93 - $618
Profit Sharing $29.00
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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$16,750 - $27,493
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,548

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Job Description for Dietary Aide

Dietary aides are responsible for preparing food for individuals in facilities, often in the healthcare industry or assisted living facilities. They prepare food and handle pre-prepared food created by cooks. Depending on their facility, food may be served in a general dining hall or in residents' or patients' individual rooms. A dietary aide also conducts cleaning-related tasks such as cleaning the kitchen and washing pots, pans and dishes. Dietary aides must ensure that procedures related to hygiene and food safety are followed at all times. Other tasks that may be performed by dietary aides include keeping track of inventory of both food and essential non-food items, tracking expenses, planning menus and assisting with educational programs on nutrition. Dietary aides generally report to the managers, assistant managers, and/or cooks and chefs on duty during their shift.

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Dietary Aide Tasks

  • Observe patient food intake and report progress and dietary problems to dietician.
  • Monitor food preferences, menu compliance and dietary restrictions.
  • Assist with meal preparation, dining room assistance, dishwashing and cleaning of kitchen.

Common Career Paths for Dietary Aide


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At the upper end, Dietary Aides who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $56K per year. A common career progression for a Dietary Aide is to become a Certified Nurse Assistant or a Dietary Cook. Compared to Dietary Aides, the first group earns $3K more on average, and the second group earns $3K more.

Dietary Aide Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Dietary Aide


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Dietary Aides include Healthcare Services Group, Inc., Genesis HealthCare, Brookdale Senior Living Inc., HCR ManorCare, and ManorCare. HCR ManorCare attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $21K.

Healthcare Services Group, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $18K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $20K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Dietary Aide


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Dietary Aide, Dietetics, Sanitation, and Cleaning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include dishwasher. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Cleaning.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Aide

Pay by Experience for a Dietary Aide has a positive trend. An entry-level Dietary Aide with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $19,000 based on 1,129 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dietary Aide with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 312 salaries. An experienced Dietary Aide which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 195 salaries. A Dietary Aide with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 53 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $20,369

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Dietary Aides, 64 percent higher than the national average. Dietary Aides will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+15 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), San Antonio (+5 percent), and Denver (+4 percent). Orlando is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Louis (10 percent lower) and Cincinnati (7 percent lower).

Dietary Aide Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Dietary Aide?

Dietary Aide in Salida:
Pros: I love serving the residents. I love the residents I love making them smile It is very rewarding.
Cons: High turn over, always understaffed, having to do other people's job,

Dietary Aide in Greencastle:
"Stress."
Pros: My hours and location.
Cons: My income.

Dietary Aide in Youngstown:
Pros: Free Food!
Cons: The hourly rate.

Dietary Aide in Santa Maria:
Pros: My co-workers and ensuring resident health and well being.
Cons: My supervisor and administrators lack of business sense or tact.

Dietary Aide in Columbus:
"It was good to work as a dietary aids."
Pros: I like to the people, and take the other.
Cons:

Dietary Aide in Miami:
"Helping others."
Pros: I get to help others day & build a close relationship with them.
Cons: Not making a big enough difference.

Dietary Aide in Fort Scott:
"Very hard woek."
Pros: Working with people.
Cons: Not leaving on time.

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Key Stats for Dietary Aide

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 178 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Dietary Aide Salaries

▲19%

▲5%

▲1%

National Average
$20,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Dietary Aide Salaries

Dietary Aide
▲16%

Dietetics
▲3%

Sanitation
▲2%

National Average
$20,000


▼1%

Food Preparation
▼2%

Serving
▼3%

dishwasher
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 178 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
no benefits
None: 54%
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