Salary for Food Preparation Workers

Also known as:  Deli Clerk, Deli Slicer, Food Preparer, Fruit and Vegetable Parer, Salad Maker, Sandwich Maker helps hospitality and tourism professionals find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.

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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 expect a wage on a scale from 16000 to 24000 based on education and experience. Food Preparation Workers get a compensation of Twenty Thousand Four Hundred dollars annually.

Food Preparation Workers obtain the highest pay in Alaska, where they can receive normal pay levels of near $26530. Professionals that work in this career can receive the best pay in Educational Services, where they can receive job pay of $28680.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 15.55 percent nationwide in that time.
Food Preparation Workers tend to make the most in the following industries
Finance and Insurance $28,680
Educational Services $23,540
Construction $23,110
Public Administration $22,480
Management of Companies and Enterprises $22,140
Transportation and Warehousing $21,910
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Accommodation and Food Services $19,650
Information $20,210
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $20,630
Manufacturing $20,780
Wholesale Trade $20,810
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $20,880