Salary for Food Preparation and Serving Workers

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This occupation has now been updated to Fast Food and Counter Workers

Also known as:  Barista, Cafe Server, Cafeteria Server, Cafeteria Worker, Catering Barista, Deli Worker (Delicatessen Worker), Food Server, Food Service Assistant, Food Service Worker, Prep Cook (Preparation Cook) helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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 can get an average wage on a scale from $17,940 and $31,960 depending on tenure level. can get a salary of twenty-four thousand five hundred and fourty dollars yearly.

are paid at the highest level in District of Columbia, where they receive pay levels, on average, of close to $34,450. These employees make the highest salary in Transportation and Warehousing, which has job pay of $31,930.

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Food Preparation and Serving Workers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Transportation and Warehousing
Public Administration
Finance and Insurance
Health Care and Social Assistance
Retail Trade
Educational Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Accommodation and Food Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
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