Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
850,220 1.2 % $10.26 $21,340 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.04 $8.60 $9.40 $11.41 $14.09
Annual Wage (2) $16,730 $17,890 $19,560 $23,740 $29,300


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 427,590 4.44 $9.71 $20,200
Grocery Stores 137,370 5.26 $10.60 $22,040
Special Food Services 55,380 8.72 $10.61 $22,060
Elementary and Secondary Schools 40,180 0.48 $11.78 $24,500
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 29,440 1.78 $10.39 $21,610

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 55,380 8.72 $10.61 $22,060
Specialty Food Stores 12,530 5.52 $10.01 $20,820
Grocery Stores 137,370 5.26 $10.60 $22,040
Vending Machine Operators 1,810 4.89 $10.59 $22,030
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 427,590 4.44 $9.71 $20,200

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Office Administrative Services 50 0.01 $15.05 $31,310
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $13.63 $28,340
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $13.55 $28,180
Department Stores 460 0.03 $13.16 $27,380
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,160 0.47 $13.12 $27,280


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 115,140 7.62 1.21 $10.38 $21,590
New York 58,790 6.67 1.06 $11.47 $23,850
Texas 57,810 5.15 0.82 $9.65 $20,070
Florida 48,260 6.30 1.00 $10.39 $21,610
Illinois 44,910 7.79 1.24 $9.96 $20,720



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 33,570 17.52 2.78 $8.54 $17,760
Hawaii 8,100 13.22 2.10 $11.50 $23,910
Maine 6,600 11.26 1.79 $10.75 $22,350
Alaska 3,370 10.36 1.65 $12.39 $25,780
Mississippi 10,710 9.79 1.56 $8.75 $18,210



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 3,370 10.36 1.65 $12.39 $25,780
Nevada 9,850 8.28 1.32 $12.35 $25,680
North Dakota 2,670 6.06 0.96 $11.65 $24,230
Washington 21,290 7.35 1.17 $11.59 $24,100
Connecticut 10,770 6.54 1.04 $11.57 $24,070




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 37,840 7.02 1.12 $12.00 $24,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 36,300 8.95 1.42 $9.99 $20,780
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 29,290 7.81 1.24 $10.17 $21,160
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 13,380 5.63 0.89 $10.93 $22,730
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 13,110 5.49 0.87 $9.97 $20,740
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 13,090 4.60 0.73 $9.79 $20,360
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 11,270 6.05 0.96 $10.99 $22,860
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 10,680 9.83 1.56 $11.58 $24,090
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 10,470 7.93 1.26 $10.31 $21,430
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 10,060 6.74 1.07 $11.93 $24,810