Average Cook/Dietary Aide Salary
$24,000 yearly
$11.89 hourly
Updated August 18, 2021
$21,000
10 %
$24,000
Median
$28,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$28,000
$2,333
$13
75th Percentile
$26,000
$2,167
$13
Average
$24,740
$2,062
$12
25th Percentile
$22,000
$1,833
$11
10th Percentile
$21,000
$1,750
$10

Average Cook/Dietary Aide Salary By State

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Cook/Dietary Aide average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
$20,720
$9.96
Alaska
$37,997
$18.27
Arizona
$22,111
$10.63
Arkansas
$20,712
$9.96
California
$24,526
$11.79
Colorado
$32,479
$15.61
Connecticut
$26,062
$12.53
Delaware
$30,280
$14.56
District of Columbia
$29,757
$14.31
Florida
$21,166
$10.18
Georgia
$20,678
$9.94
Hawaii
$26,498
$12.74
Idaho
$24,236
$11.65
Illinois
$23,743
$11.41
Indiana
$21,896
$10.53
Iowa
$23,798
$11.44
Kansas
$23,529
$11.31
Kentucky
$24,456
$11.76
Louisiana
$23,951
$11.51
Maine
$23,728
$11.41
Maryland
$24,641
$11.85
Massachusetts
$33,644
$16.18
Michigan
$21,624
$10.40
Minnesota
$22,069
$10.61
Mississippi
$31,555
$15.17
Missouri
$31,746
$15.26
Montana
$25,426
$12.22
Nebraska
$32,151
$15.46
Nevada
$31,736
$15.26
New Hampshire
$31,549
$15.17
New Jersey
$24,915
$11.98
New Mexico
$21,437
$10.31
New York
$31,938
$15.35
North Carolina
$20,911
$10.05
North Dakota
$34,295
$16.49
Ohio
$25,007
$12.02
Oklahoma
$20,930
$10.06
Oregon
$25,601
$12.31
Pennsylvania
$21,926
$10.54
Rhode Island
$31,497
$15.14
South Carolina
$23,835
$11.46
South Dakota
$24,678
$11.86
Tennessee
$20,579
$9.89
Texas
$26,280
$12.63
Utah
$33,335
$16.03
Vermont
$31,483
$15.14
Virginia
$21,223
$10.20
Washington
$26,765
$12.87
West Virginia
$24,775
$11.91
Wisconsin
$22,629
$10.88
Wyoming
$21,525
$10.35

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Highest Paying Cities For Cook/Dietary Aide

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Houston, TX
$26,251
$12.62
Oregon City, OR
$25,644
$12.33
Yuba City, CA
$25,626
$12.32

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What Is The Average Cook/Dietary Aide Salary?

The average cook/dietary aide salary is $24,740 per year, or $11.89 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $21,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $28,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, North Dakota, Massachusetts, Utah, and Colorado provide the highest cook/dietary aide salaries.

Average Cook/Dietary Aide Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $24,700
    $11.89
    +3.7%
    2020
    $23,800
    $11.45
    +4.3%
    2019
    $22,800
    $10.96
    +3.2%
    2018
    $22,100
    $10.61
    +2.2%
    2017
    $21,600
    $10.38
    +1.2%

    How Much Do Cook/Dietary Aides Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, cook/dietary aide salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that non profits, pharmaceutical, and retail companies tend to offer much higher salaries for cook/dietary aides. For example, cook/dietary aides make a whopping average salary of $26,514 while working for non profits companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $25,539 at pharmaceutical companies and $24,487 at retail companies. But cook/dietary aides may want to avoid working in the health care industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $23,907.
    RankIndustryAverage Cook/Dietary Aide SalaryCook/Dietary Aide Salary Range
    1
    Non Profits
    $26,514
    $21k
    $28k
    2
    Pharmaceutical
    $25,539
    $21k
    $28k
    3
    Retail
    $24,487
    $21k
    $28k
    4
    Health Care
    $23,907
    $21k
    $28k

    High Paying Cook/Dietary Aide Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Kitchen Cook

    Avg. salary: $26,595

    A kitchen cook prepares food for customers. Kitchen cooks help devise new menu items and methods of cooking. Their duties are to prepare food before the arrival of guests, manage employees in the kitchen, and season food according to recipe needs. They assist other cooks during the food assembly process, estimate food consumption, and organize preparation. They keep records and accounts of food purchases, prepare any necessary sauce before the meal service begins, and so on. As kitchen cooks, they must excel in organizational skills, verbal communication, culinary arts, and kitchen equipment. They should be equipped with knowledge of international cuisines, butchering, and basic computational skills.
    160,202 Kitchen Cook Jobs
    Prep Cook

    Avg. salary: $25,440

    Prep cooks are responsible for preparing ingredients. They are usually part of an assembly line-like structure in the kitchen. They are often the first station in this assembly line. Prep cooks are in charge of thawing, skinning, cutting, mincing, slicing, and chopping ingredients so that the line cooks can just get these ingredients for their own stations. Prep cooks may also start doing some of the initial activities in the cooking process, such as preparing water for boiling, laying out ingredients, and ensuring that the stoves are clear.
    96,569 Prep Cook Jobs
    Head Cook

    Avg. salary: $48,373

    A head cook is responsible for organizing the food preparation, organizing the kitchen operations, and ensuring the quality of the food presented. Head cooks' duties include monitoring the food inventory, creating new recipes, researching current market trends, responding to guests' inquiries and complaints, distributing kitchen tasks to the staff, and maintaining budget goals while maintaining the highest food quality. A head cook must always adhere to the sanitary procedures and hygienic standards, as well as have a broad knowledge of the food industry.
    95,289 Head Cook Jobs
    Line Cook

    Avg. salary: $27,579

    Line cooks are responsible for preparing meals for guests or employers. The term line cook brings to mind an assembly line. This is apt because line cooks are usually assigned to a specific station to work on a specific part of a meal or a preparation process. They are part of a bigger group of cooks in the restaurant. This is done so that meal preparation is more efficient. Line cooks are responsible for preparing ingredients, ensuring that the pantry is well-stocked, and doing their assigned activity in the line. They are expected to be good team players, have experience as a cook, and be able to follow recipes and provide alternatives when necessary.
    101,244 Line Cook Jobs
    Fry Cook

    Avg. salary: $26,038

    Generally, a fry cook works in a kitchen specializing in fried foods and operating the deep fryer. Fry cooks or chefs cook food by submerging in boiling oil. They prepare food to be fried, work with frying pans, and watch over deep fryers. The skills they need to establish include food preparation, dexterity, physical stamina, and comprehension. They are also expected to be understanding and patient, noting that these qualities help impress the customers.
    135,498 Fry Cook Jobs
    Aide

    Avg. salary: $28,743

    Aides are personal employees of their clients who commonly have health issues that render them unable to do certain tasks. They help out their clients with activities they may need assistance in. They may do personal errands such as grocery shopping, cleaning, and cooking. They also provide care for their clients by helping them bathe, dress, brush their teeth, and other personal hygiene activities. Aides also help their clients walk, sit, and eat if their clients' motor functions are compromised. Aides are expected to be patient, caring, and trustworthy.
    47,954 Aide Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Kitchen Cook
    $26,595
    $2,216
    $12.79
    Prep Cook
    $25,441
    $2,120
    $12.23
    Head Cook
    $48,373
    $4,031
    $23.26
    Line Cook
    $27,579
    $2,298
    $13.26
    Fry Cook
    $26,039
    $2,170
    $12.52
    Aide
    $28,743
    $2,395
    $13.82

    Cook/Dietary Aide Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a cook/dietary aide can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Which Companies Pay Cook/Dietary Aides The Most?

    To earn a high income as a cook/dietary aide, working for Lutheran Home for The Aged or Absolut Care might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Mission Health and Touchstone Communities report highly competitive wages for cook/dietary aides.
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    Recently Added Cook/Dietary Aide Salaries

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    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Kendal at Lexington
    Wait Staff Team Members, Dietary Aides, Cooks and A Sous Chef
    Wait Staff Team Members, Dietary Aides, Cooks and A Sous Chef
    Lexington, VA
    08/31/2021
    $27,131
    08/31/2021
    E Center
    Cook Aide @ Richfield
    Cook Aide @ Richfield
    Corning, CA
    08/19/2021
    $30,157
    08/19/2021
    Mitchell County Regional Health Center
    PRN, As Needed Cook/Trayside Aide #0925
    PRN, As Needed Cook/Trayside Aide #0925
    Osage, IA
    08/19/2021
    $26,088
    08/19/2021
    Madison County
    Dietary Aide/Cook-Permanent, Tobacco Root Mountains Care Center
    Dietary Aide/Cook-Permanent, Tobacco Root Mountains Care Center
    Virginia City, MT
    08/13/2021
    $32,098
    08/13/2021
    Dietary Aide/Cook
    Sewickley, PA
    08/05/2021
    $29,218
    08/05/2021
    Pony Bird, Inc.
    Cook/Dietary Aide
    Cook/Dietary Aide
    Noel, MO
    08/04/2021
    $25,044
    08/04/2021
    Pony Bird, Inc.
    Cook/Dietary Aide
    Cook/Dietary Aide
    Festus, MO
    08/04/2021
    $25,044
    08/04/2021
    Mystic River Residential Care
    Cooks & Dietary Aides
    Cooks & Dietary Aides
    Mystic, CT
    07/12/2021
    $31,305
    07/12/2021
    Avenue at Aurora
    Dietary Cook/Aide
    Dietary Cook/Aide
    Aurora, OH
    07/07/2021
    $27,131
    07/07/2021
    Bethany Lutheran Homes
    Dietary Aide/Cook
    Dietary Aide/Cook
    La Crosse, WI
    07/01/2021
    $28,801
    07/01/2021

    Average Cook/Dietary Aide Salary by Demographic

    Cook/Dietary Aide Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $25,543
    female-income
    Female Income
    $25,090
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$25,543
    Female$25,090
    Median Cook/Dietary Aide Income by Race
    Asian cook/dietary aides have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american cook/dietary aides have the lowest average salary at $25,103.
    $27,000
    $26,000
    $25,000
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$25,115
    Black or African American$25,103
    Asian$25,568
    Hispanic or Latino$25,449
    Average Cook/Dietary Aide Salary by Education Level
    Cook/dietary aides with a Bachelors degree earn more than those without, at $26,176 annually. With a Associate degree, cook/dietary aides earn a median annual income of $26,169 compared to $25,543 for cook/dietary aides with an High School Diploma degree.
    $27,000
    $26,000
    $25,000
    High School Diploma or Less
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$25,543
    Bachelor's Degree$26,176
    Some College/ Associate Degree$26,169