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Food and Beverage Stores: NAICS 445

About the Food and Beverage Stores subsector

The food and beverage stores subsector is part of the retail trade sector.

Industries in the Food and Beverage Stores subsector usually retail food and beverages merchandise from fixed point-of-sale locations. Establishments in this subsector have special equipment (e.g., freezers, refrigerated display cases, refrigerators) for displaying food and beverage goods. They have staff trained in the processing of food products to guarantee the proper storage and sanitary conditions required by regulatory authority.

North American Industry Classification System

The food and beverage stores subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Grocery Stores: NAICS 4451
  • Specialty Food Stores: NAICS 4452
  • Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores: NAICS 4453

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in food and beverage stores. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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Aug.
2022
Sep.
2022
Oct.
2022
Nov.
2022

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

3,200.9 3,202.9 (p)3,201.6 (p)3,206.1

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

2,861.3 2,831.7 (p)2,848.5  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2021

Butchers and meat cutters

114,490

Cashiers

917,630

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

176,430

Food preparation workers

177,010

Stock clerks and order fillers

611,650

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for food and beverage stores.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in food and beverage stores.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Jul.
2022
Aug.
2022
Sep.
2022
Oct.
2022

Average hourly earnings

$19.37 $19.45 $19.70 (p)$19.84

Average weekly hours

30.4 30.3 30.2 (p)29.9

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Jul.
2022
Aug.
2022
Sep.
2022
Oct.
2022

Average hourly earnings

$16.11 $16.20 $16.35 (p)$16.48

Average weekly hours

28.4 28.1 28.0 (p)28.0

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2021
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Butchers and meat cutters

16.54 16.69 34,410 34,710

Cashiers

13.50 13.16 28,080 27,370

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

20.50 22.29 42,640 46,360

Food preparation workers

14.31 14.43 29,760 30,010

Stock clerks and order fillers

14.08 14.58 29,280 30,320

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in food and beverage stores. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2017 2018 2019 2020

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

60 42 54 72

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2021

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

4.5

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

3.2

Cases involving days away from work

1.9

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.3

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

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Jul.
2022
Aug.
2022
Sep.
2022
Oct.
2022

Producer price index

(p)236.646 (p)240.675 (p)244.979 (p)249.297

Percent change from previous month

  (p)-1.6% (p)1.7% (p)1.8% (p)1.8%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in food and beverage stores. Also included in this section is information on productivity, presented as the rate of change in output per hour of workers in the industry.

Establishments

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3rd quarter
2021
4th quarter
2021
1st quarter
2022
2nd quarter
2022

Number of establishments

Private industry

149,402 150,217 (p)156,575 (p)157,154

Local government

452 453 (p)459 (p)459

State government

427 429 (p)423 (p)423

Federal government

198 200 (p)206 (p)205

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2018 2019 2020 2021

Labor productivity index, output per hour

111.642 114.559 122.229 123.623

Percent change from previous year

2.7 2.6 6.7 1.1

Labor index, total labor hours

102.727 102.435 102.503 101.554

Percent change from previous year

-0.5 -0.3 0.1 -0.9

Output index

114.686 117.349 125.288 125.544

Percent change from previous year

2.2 2.3 6.8 0.2

Unit labor costs index

101.407 102.328 105.755 108.650

Percent change from previous year

-0.7 0.9 3.3 2.7

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: December 06, 2022