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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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Jun.
2020
Jul.
2020
Aug.
2020
Sep.
2020

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

3,142.4 3,124.7 (p)3,131.6 (p)3,139.6

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

2,776.6 2,767.5 (p)2,774.5  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2019

Butchers and meat cutters

107,980

Cashiers

940,170

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

173,470

Food preparation workers

190,060

Stock clerks and order fillers

556,220

(Source: Occupational Employment 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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May
2020
Jun.
2020
Jul.
2020
Aug.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$17.15 $16.89 $16.93 (p)$16.89

Average weekly hours

31.2 30.8 30.9 (p)30.9

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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May
2020
Jun.
2020
Jul.
2020
Aug.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$14.61 $14.69 $14.18 (p)$15.09

Average weekly hours

28.8 28.9 29.3 (p)28.0

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2019
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Butchers and meat cutters

15.39 16.20 32,020 33,690

Cashiers

11.53 12.00 23,990 24,960

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

19.95 21.78 41,500 45,310

Food preparation workers

12.19 12.72 25,350 26,470

Stock clerks and order fillers

12.37 13.32 25,730 27,710

(Source: Occupational Employment 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 2015 2016 2017 2018

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

58 71 60 42

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

Data series 2018

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

Total recordable cases

4.3

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

2.8

Cases involving days away from work

1.5

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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Jun.
2020
Jul.
2020
Aug.
2020
Sep.
2020

Producer price index

(p)203.0 (p)206.2 (p)211.6 (p)206.1

Percent change from previous month

  (p)-3.2% (p)1.6% (p)2.6% (p)-2.6%

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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2nd quarter
2019
3rd quarter
2019
4th quarter
2019
1st quarter
2020

Number of establishments

Private industry

146,096 146,326 146,912 (p)146,445

Local government

457 458 456 (p)454

State government

430 429 429 (p)430

Federal government

198 199 199 (p)199

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2016 2017 2018 2019

Labor productivity index, output per hour

106.182 107.552 110.238 112.262

Percent change from previous year

4.5 1.3 2.5 1.8

Labor index, total labor hours

102.286 104.323 103.795 103.693

Percent change from previous year

-1.5 2.0 -0.5 -0.1

Output index

108.610 112.201 114.421 116.409

Percent change from previous year

2.9 3.3 2.0 1.7

Unit labor costs index

110.065 109.195 108.610 110.206

Percent change from previous year

-1.0 -0.8 -0.5 1.5

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: October 30, 2020