The average hourly pay for a Food Preparation Worker is $10.66.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Food Preparation Worker
The top respondents for the job title Food Preparation Worker are from the companies Panera Bread Company, Whole Foods Market, Inc. and Sodexo, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Whole Foods Market, Inc. where the average pay is $13.01. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Sam's Club, earning around $11.75. Sodexo, Inc. pays the lowest at around $9.65. Panera Bread Company also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $9.70.
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Pay by Experience Level for Food Preparation Worker
An entry-level Food Preparation Worker with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $9.26 based on 32 salaries. An early career Food Preparation Worker with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $10.37 based on 126 salaries. A mid-career Food Preparation Worker with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.08 based on 46 salaries. An experienced Food Preparation Worker with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.01 based on 49 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $12.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Food Preparation Worker in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 38.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (14.5% more) and Houston, Texas (10.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (23.4% less), Dayton, Ohio (17.2% less) and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (12.8% less).
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