Salary for Institution and Cafeteria Cooks

Also known as:  Cafeteria Cook, Camp Cook, Galley Cook, Institutional Cook, Mess Cook, School Cook

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Cooks working in institutions and cafeterias are charged with the responsibility of producing large volumes of nutritious food for groups of individuals at places such as hospitals, schools, and cafeteria or care centers. These are individuals with superior time management skills and an attention to detail that extends to ensuring food and food products meet safety and health standards and regulations. They cook on a daily basis according to institutional menus, nutritional requirements and health standards. Additionally, they participate in product ordering procedures and inventory counts. They may be asked to train new employees and manage other cooks within the institution. A high school diploma is required for employment in this professional field.

A Institution or Cafeteria Cook can expect a wage between 16000 to 24000 based on levels of tenure. Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria can expect a salary of Twenty Four Thousand Four Hundred dollars on an annual basis.

Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria are compensated highest in Alaska, which has average pay scales of approximately $35030. This group of professionals are compensated at the highest average salary in Wholesale Trade, where they receive an average job salary of $32480.

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HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 22.61 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks tend to make the most in the following industries
Finance and Insurance $32,480
Wholesale Trade $32,300
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $29,790
Transportation and Warehousing $29,780
Public Administration $29,290
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $29,090
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Educational Services $23,010
Retail Trade $23,020
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $23,800
Health Care and Social Assistance $24,060
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $24,090
Other Services (except Public Administration) $24,110
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