Food Preparation Worker Salary

For Food Preparation Workers, hourly average wages total $9.68 per hour. Pay ranges from $7.76 per hour on the low end to $12.81 on the high end. While some workers in this profession — a majority — do not have any health coverage, over a third do receive medical benefits and roughly one in three have dental insurance. Female Food Preparation Workers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 62 percent of professionals. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$7.76 - $12.81
(Median)
$7
$9
$13
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.76 - $12.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.37  
Overtime
$7.41 - $20.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,203 - $28,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 137
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Job Description for Food Preparation Worker

  • Set up work stations and lay out plates with finished foods.
  • Ensure a clean and sanitary work area.
  • Perform daily tasks like wrapping silverware, washing dishes, and moving trays.
  • Prepare foods according to standards and guidelines.
  • Receive and inventory ingredients, goods, and foods.

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Pay by Experience Level for Food Preparation Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $20K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $21K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Food Preparation Workers make a median salary of $23K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $21K on average.

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Experience Affects Food Preparation Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 60%
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