Salary for Food Preparation Workers

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Also known as:  Deli Clerk, Deli Slicer, Food Preparer, Fruit and Vegetable Parer, Salad Maker, Sandwich Maker helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Food preparation workers aide kitchen staff in the preparation of food items such as meats, fruits, vegetables and beverages, but do not perform the actual cooking. They are often called upon to pre-slice needed ingredients, collect and deliver herbs and spices to cooks and chefs, or locate, store or clean kitchen utensils and equipment. Additionally, they are able to mix ingredients being prepared for menus, help assist with inventory counts and take food temperatures to ensure health and safety standards are met in the kitchen. A high school diploma and on-the-job training are required for employment in this professional post.

A Food Preparation Worker can receive an average pay level of between $18,460 and $37,000 based on tenure and industry expertise. will normally get average salaries of twenty-six thousand eight hundred and twenty dollars on an annual basis.

obtain the most salary in District of Columbia, where they can earn a compensation of close to about $35,950. Employees who work in this career are compensated highest in Management of Companies and Enterprises, which has job pay of $32,370.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 51.36 percent nationwide in that time.


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

Management of Companies and Enterprises
Educational Services
Finance and Insurance
Transportation and Warehousing
Wholesale Trade

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Accommodation and Food Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Retail Trade
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