Salary for Institution and Cafeteria Cooks

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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 receive an average pay level of between $19,860 and $41,580 based on experience and talent. will most likely earn wages of twenty-nine thousand nine hundred and fourty dollars per year.

are compensated at the highest average salary in Hawaii, which has wages of just about $42,720. People holding these jobs receive the highest salary in Finance and Insurance, where they can earn pay of $38,570.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 53.83 percent nationwide in that time.


Institution and Cafeteria Cooks tend to make the most in the following industries:

Finance and Insurance
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Public Administration
Transportation and Warehousing
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Wholesale Trade
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Retail Trade
Health Care and Social Assistance