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Food Preparation Worker Salary (United States)

Average Food Preparation Workers in the United States make around $9.52 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.66 per hour and $12.91. Although more than two-fifths have medical coverage and more than a third have dental coverage, a little more than half claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Food Preparation Workers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Food Preparation Workers (67 percent) who took the survey are female. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Food Preparation Worker Salary (?
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$7.66 - $12.91
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.66 - $12.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.43  
Overtime
$12.41 - $20.60  
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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$15,860 - $28,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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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 6%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
67%
female alumni
 
Male
33%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 44% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 53%