Dietary Manager Salary

For Dietary Managers, hourly average wages total $15.54 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but tenure and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Dietary Managers. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Dietary Managers making up 73 percent. About one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and just over a half claim dental coverage as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$29,251 - $54,962
$29K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,908
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90%

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$11.30 - $21.83
$11
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MEDIAN: $15.57
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$0$54K
Salary $29,251 - $54,962
Bonus $-0.49 - $9,696
Total Pay (?
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$25,554 - $51,863
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 305
Hourly Data $0$32
Hourly Rate $11.30 - $21.83
Overtime $15.24 - $32.58
Annual Data $0$51K
Bonus $-0.49 - $9,696
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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$25,554 - $51,863
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 430

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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

  • Supervise staff and give technical direction, delegate staff responsibilities.
  • 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.
  • Conduct nutritional analysis and global menu planning.

Common Career Paths for Dietary Manager


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Dietary Managers may progress into high-paying roles like Food Service Director, where median compensation is $50K annually.

Dietary Manager Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Dietary Manager


The biggest paychecks can be found at Life Care Centers of America — the median salary there is $41K.

Popular Skills for Dietary Manager


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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. Those listing Scheduling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Cook and Food Preparation also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Budget Management tend to be well versed in 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: $36,451

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

For Dietary Managers, busy Columbus offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Dietary Managers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+34 percent), San Antonio (+29 percent), Houston (+28 percent), and Indianapolis (+19 percent). Tulsa ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 4 percent less in Vancouver and 2 percent less in Tampa, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 Heppner:
"Very stressful."
Pros: Application of my knowledge of human nutrition.
Cons: Stressful. Co-workers constant complaining about the menu.

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
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 123 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Dietary Manager Salaries

▲12%

National Average
$36,000

▼2%

▼6%

▼11%

Skills That Affect Dietary Manager Salaries

Operations Management
▲14%

Inventory Management
▲9%

certified dietary manager
▲1%

National Average
$36,000


People Management
▼3%

Budgeting
▼3%

Nutrition
▼3%


Job Scheduling
▼6%

Order Inventory
▼9%

Food Preparation
▼12%

Cook
▼17%

Scheduling
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 123 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 32%
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