Food Preparation Workers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $9.78 per hour. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and the larger part lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by just under one in three and dental coverage is claimed by one in four. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$8.00 - $12.76
(Median)
$8
$9
$13
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.00 - $12.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.49  
Overtime
$5.35 - $20.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
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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$16,682 - $28,969  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 138
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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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $21K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $22K. Food Preparation Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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 8%

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 29%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
medical benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 70%
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