Food Preparation Worker Salary

Food Preparation Workers in the United States take home an average $9.58 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $7.70 per hour to $12.59. Female Food Preparation Workers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 66 percent of professionals. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Food Preparation Workers. Although the larger part lack health benefits of any kind, over a third do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly less than a third get dental coverage, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$7.70 - $12.59

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.70 - $12.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.44  
Overtime
$12.49 - $20.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $204.26  
   
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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$16,041 - $28,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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.


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $19K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $21K. On average, Food Preparation Workers make $23K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $22K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Food Preparation Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 38% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 59%
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