A chef may create an in-flight breakfast sandwich for an airline or a waiter may work at a mining company cafeteria. In these cases, both of these professionals found jobs in industries like transportation and mining. But it is more common for workers in the food service and restaurant jobs category find employment in the food services and accommodation industry.
Methodology for The PayScale Index: Trends in Compensation
The PayScale Index tracks quarterly changes in total cash compensation for full-time, private industry employees in the United States. In addition to a national index, it includes separate indices for specific industries, metropolitan areas, job categories, and company sizes. The PayScale Index uses 2006 average total cash compensation as a baseline.