Dietary Aide Salary
|Salary||$15,658 - $35,863|
|Bonus||$1.93 - $618|
|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).)
|$16,750 - $27,493|
|Hourly Rate||$8.03 - $12.81|
|Overtime||$7.94 - $20.33|
|Bonus||$1.93 - $618|
|Total Pay (||$16,750 - $27,493|
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.Read More...
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally the minimum educational requirement for this position, although relevant postsecondary education may be beneficial. Depending on the aide's state, certification related to food service may also be required. Dietary aides must pay close attention to detail to ensure patients receive appropriate food, maintain excellent cleanliness on the job and be able to work well in a team setting. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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
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.
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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
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).
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