Median pay for Food Preparation Workers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $9.74 per hour. Women make up a slight majority of Food Preparation Workers (57 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one in four, and one in five earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Food Preparation Workers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$7.97 - $12.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.47  
Overtime
$5.43 - $19.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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Total Pay (?
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$16,619 - $29,362  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 146

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Job Description for Food Preparation Worker

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

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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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $21K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $22K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Food Preparation Workers see a median salary of $23K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Key Stats for Food Preparation Worker

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Food Preparation Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 27%
dental benefits
Dental: 21%
vision benefits
Vision: 19%
dental benefits
None: 72%
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