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Food Preparation Worker Salary

The average Food Preparation Worker in the United States earns approximately $9.55 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $7.62 per hour and $12.75. Although the greater part lack health benefits of any kind, nearly two in five do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one in three get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction for Food Preparation Workers is high. There are more female Food Preparation Workers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 68 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$7.62 - $12.75
(Median)
$7
$9
$13
MEDIAN: $9.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$7.62 - $12.75  
   
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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$15,792 - $28,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107

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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
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 57%
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