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Food Preparation Worker Salary

Food Preparation Workers in the United States take home approximately $9.52 per hour on average. Compensation ranges from $7.65 per hour on the lower end to $12.87 on the higher end. Women account for the majority of Food Preparation Workers who responded to the questionnaire — 66 percent to be exact. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over a half lack coverage. On the flip side, more than two-fifths have medical insurance and one in three receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Food Preparation Workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$7.65 - $12.87
(Median)
$7
$9
$13
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.65 - $12.87  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.38  
Overtime
$12.49 - $20.46  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$15,838 - $28,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 102

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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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Experience Affects Food Preparation Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$20,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 54%