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What does a Cafeteria Worker do?

Cafeteria workers are individuals that prepare and serve meals at a given institution. Though typically found in schools, cafeteria workers are also employed at hospitals, corporate buildings, military settings and sporting venues. They are responsible for providing quality food service in whatever setting they are found.


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Working as a Cafeteria Worker

There are several things involved in preparing and distributing food safely. Cafeteria workers should be able to:

  • Plan and implement nutritional meals
  • Organize and ensure the necessary food and supplies are available
  • Educate themselves on handling and preparing food safely and within state regulations
  • Maintain a clean cooking environment and ensure all equipment works properly
  • Accept and record payment for food services
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How much does a Cafeteria Worker make in the United States?

Average base salary


Most common benefits

Dental insurance

The average salary for a cafeteria worker is $13.24 per hour in the United States. 3.5k salaries reported, updated at June 23, 2022.

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Where can a Cafeteria Worker earn more?

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Kitchen Worker

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Average $14.36 per hour

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Common questions about for a Cafeteria Worker

How many hours does a cafeteria worker work?

Cafeteria workers should have flexible schedules as they often work early mornings, late evenings, weekends and holidays. Many cafeteria workers only work part-time as their tasks revolve around mealtimes. The hours they work are dependent on the influx of diners and the reliability of other co-workers.

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Are there many jobs available for a cafeteria worker?

The food service industry is an ever-growing occupation. Over the past decade, growth in the industry has increased at a fairly steady pace. The turnover rate for new employees is fairly high as well so you have a good chance of getting a job as a cafeteria worker depending on your location and choice of institution.

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What does a typical day look like for a cafeteria worker?

Normally, a cafeteria worker's day would consist of preparing the equipment and kitchen for the day's service. You would review your menus for the day, serve food and beverages, monitor the use of food, restock the kitchen supply and wash the daily dishes, pots and pans.

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