Food Preparation Worker Salary

The average Food Preparation Worker in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $9.55 per hour. Compensation ranges between $7.69 per hour and $12.61. Women make up the majority of Food Preparation Workers (67 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by over a third and dental coverage is claimed by just under one in three. For the most part, Food Preparation Workers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$7.69 - $12.61
(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
$7.69 - $12.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.50  
Overtime
$12.53 - $20.86  
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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$15,950 - $28,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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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.


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $19K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $20K on average. On average, Food Preparation Workers make $23K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $22K on average.

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Experience Affects Food Preparation Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 38% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 59%
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