Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

35-2021 Food Preparation Workers

Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
824,080 1.2 % $10.15 $21,110 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.97 $8.56 $9.35 $11.30 $13.94
Annual Wage (2) $16,580 $17,800 $19,440 $23,510 $28,990


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 414,970 4.47 $9.61 $19,990
Grocery Stores 124,650 4.89 $10.56 $21,960
Special Food Services 52,970 8.64 $10.43 $21,690
Elementary and Secondary Schools 41,640 0.50 $11.60 $24,130
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 30,510 1.84 $10.25 $21,310

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Special Food Services 52,970 8.64 $10.43 $21,690
Specialty Food Stores 11,470 5.14 $9.98 $20,760
Grocery Stores 124,650 4.89 $10.56 $21,960
Vending Machine Operators 1,730 4.57 $10.10 $21,010
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 414,970 4.47 $9.61 $19,990

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dairy Product Manufacturing 330 0.25 $14.17 $29,470
Office Administrative Services 40 0.01 $13.64 $28,370
Department Stores 490 0.04 $13.13 $27,320
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 30 0.02 $12.94 $26,910
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 130 0.01 $12.93 $26,890


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 114,370 7.77 1.25 $10.24 $21,290
Texas 53,400 4.89 0.79 $9.48 $19,710
New York 52,350 6.06 0.98 $11.32 $23,530
Florida 50,980 6.84 1.10 $10.25 $21,320
Illinois 44,830 7.86 1.26 $9.63 $20,040




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 30,600 16.23 2.61 $8.53 $17,730
Hawaii 7,730 12.84 2.07 $11.76 $24,460
Mississippi 12,930 11.93 1.92 $8.54 $17,750
Maine 6,270 10.77 1.73 $10.52 $21,870
Oregon 15,890 9.69 1.56 $10.42 $21,660




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 8,220 7.14 1.15 $13.13 $27,320
Alaska 2,970 9.22 1.48 $12.67 $26,350
Hawaii 7,730 12.84 2.07 $11.76 $24,460
Connecticut 13,750 8.41 1.35 $11.55 $24,030
Rhode Island 3,030 6.64 1.07 $11.50 $23,910





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 35,510 8.93 1.44 $9.78 $20,350
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 32,470 6.19 1.00 $11.96 $24,870
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 30,160 8.15 1.31 $9.70 $20,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 12,460 5.26 0.85 $10.87 $22,600
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 12,370 4.49 0.72 $9.38 $19,500
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 11,650 6.33 1.02 $11.01 $22,910
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 11,610 5.03 0.81 $10.03 $20,860
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 10,500 10.04 1.62 $11.42 $23,760
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 9,940 5.69 0.91 $11.68 $24,300
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 9,880 7.65 1.23 $10.04 $20,890