Salary for Food Preparation and Serving Workers

Also known as:  Mess Attendant

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Individuals that work in combined food preparation and serving work positions, including fast food establishments are trained in both food preparation techniques as well as customer service strategies. They are expected to take orders from customers and quickly prepare and cook fast food products such as hamburgers, French fries or breakfast items while adhering to food and safety regulations. These are detail-oriented individuals who have superior time management skills and are able to work in a fast-paced environment. They are able to effectively communicate with other wait staff and customers alike. They are also able to accept and process payments using automated technology. A high school diploma is required for employment in this professional field.

A Combined Food Preparation or Serving Worker gets a pay level of between 8000 and 12000 based on education and experience. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food will usually earn average salaries of Eighteen Thousand Four Hundred dollars each year.

Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food are paid at the highest average level in the District of Columbia, where they get an average job salary of approximating $23650. These professionals have the highest pay levels in Transportation and Warehousing, which has a compensation of $27240.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 19.56 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Food Preparation and Serving Workers tend to make the most in the following industries
Public Administration $27,240
Transportation and Warehousing $27,230
Finance and Insurance $26,870
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $25,340
Other Services (except Public Administration) $21,690
Educational Services $21,480
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Accommodation and Food Services $18,090
Information $19,050
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $19,410
Manufacturing $19,650
Management of Companies and Enterprises $19,910
Wholesale Trade $20,040
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