Dietary Cook Salary

Median pay for Dietary Cooks in the United States is around $11.33 per hour. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and years of experience are driving factors as well. Female Dietary Cooks make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Most Dietary Cooks like their work and job satisfaction is high. Some workers in this field — more than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately one-half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$19,069 - $42,903
$19K
$28K
$43K
MEDIAN: $27,553
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50%
90%

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$8.86 - $15.18
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$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.32
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$0$42K
Salary $19,069 - $42,903
Bonus $96.35 - $1,196
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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$18,569 - $32,763
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 22
Hourly Data $0$23
Hourly Rate $8.86 - $15.18
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $0.00
Overtime $8.24 - $23.18
Annual Data $0$32K
Bonus $96.35 - $1,196
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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$18,569 - $32,763
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,060

Job Description for Dietary Cook

A dietary cook is generally responsible for providing meals that are nutritious and appetizing to their clients. The meals need to be carefully handled, prepared correctly, and served at the right temperature and in correct serving sizes. They are also responsible for checking their organization's menu daily and ensuring that preparation for the upcoming meals have been completed. Additionally, the dietary cook must ensure that all cooking supplies and dishware are properly cleaned, which includes making a schedule to ensure this is accomplished.

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Dietary Cook Tasks

  • Clean and inspect equipment, appliances, and work areas in order to ensure cleanliness and functional operation.
  • Prepare major meals by following recipes, determining food quantities and following meal time schedules.
  • Research food and beverage costs and assist in implementing cost control and waste management procedures.
  • Prepare and cook food for patients, employees and visitors.
  • Monitor food service for nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards.

Common Career Paths for Dietary Cook


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Dietary Cooks sometimes assume positions such as Food Service Directors. That role pays $50K per year on average. Career advancement for the typical Dietary Cook often leads to becoming a Certified Dietary Manager or a Dietary Manager; median salaries in these positions are $12K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

Dietary Cook Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Dietary Cook


Healthcare Services Group, Inc., Morrison Healthcare, Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Sodexo, Inc., and Genesis HealthCare are all popular places to work. Brookdale offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $27K. Also paying near the top of the field are Genesis HealthCare at $25K, Life Care Centers of America at $25K, and Morrison Healthcare, where Dietary Cooks annually earn $25K.

Healthcare Services Group, Inc. seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $21K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $17K and $34K. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Sodexo, Inc., Brookdale Senior Living Inc., and American Senior Communities, Inc.. Those companies pay a median salary of $23K.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietary Cook

Pay by Experience for a Dietary Cook has a positive trend. An entry-level Dietary Cook with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 380 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dietary Cook with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 295 salaries. An experienced Dietary Cook which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 325 salaries. A Dietary Cook with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 157 salaries.

Dietary Cook Reviews

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

Dietary Cook in Winston-Salem:
"Hard work."
Pros: The people and the residents make my job great.
Cons: The lack of fair pay compared to others.

Dietary Cook in Vidalia:
Pros: Working with the people that I working with the people that I currently work with.
Cons: The pay don't like working nights.

Dietary Cook in Canton:
"Not good pay."
Make sure you are making good money for what you are worth.

Dietary Cook in Montgomery:
"Rewarding but high strss."
Pros: Happy seniors.
Cons: Pay, work load.

Dietary Cook in Everett:
"Don't care, because they sure don't."
Be prepared to do the impossible at all times in the shortest amount of time. Often times the food budget is small but federal rules require certain things to be followed but you will be held responsible when a food wasn't done correctly because items were not ordered. If you have any items on new food items I hope they will let you use them because most times you have to follow the same menu serving the same boring stuff all the time. Treat this job like you are in the military, just do as you are told, trying to explain yourself usually doesn't work.

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Key Stats for Dietary Cook

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 204 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%

Experience Affects Dietary Cook Salaries

Late-Career
▲11%

Experienced
▲6%

National Average
$24,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼8%

Skills That Affect Dietary Cook Salaries

National Average
$24,000


Customer Service
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 204 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 37%