Food Preparation Worker Salary

Food Preparation Workers in the United States take home approximately $9.68 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.76 per hour and $12.81. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — a majority lack coverage. On the flip side, over a third have medical insurance and about a third receive dental plans. Work is enjoyable for Food Preparation Workers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the majority of Food Preparation Workers (62 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$7.76 - $12.81
(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
$7.76 - $12.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.37  
Overtime
$7.41 - $20.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
   
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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$16,203 - $28,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 137
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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.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $20K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $21K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Food Preparation Workers make a median salary of $23K. Food Preparation Workers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $21K.

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Experience Affects Food Preparation Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 60%
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