Food Preparation Worker Salary

Average Food Preparation Workers in the United States make around $9.58 per hour. Compensation ranges from $7.69 per hour on the lower end to $12.64 on the higher end. There are more female Food Preparation Workers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 68 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, roughly two in five report medical coverage and just under a third claim dental coverage as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$7.69 - $12.64
(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
$7.69 - $12.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.50  
Overtime
$12.53 - $20.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $364.92  
   
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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$15,941 - $28,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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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.


The average inexperienced worker earns $19K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $20K. Food Preparation Workers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $23K. For some reason, Food Preparation Workers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $22K.

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Experience Affects Food Preparation Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 39% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 59%
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