|Quick Facts: Food Preparation Workers|
$28,780 per year
$13.84 per hour
|No formal educational credential|
|Short-term on-the-job training|
|2% (Slower than average)|
Food preparation workers perform a variety of tasks other than cooking, such as slicing meat and brewing coffee.
Food preparation workers are employed in places where food is made or served, such as cafeterias, grocery stores, hospitals, and schools. Part-time work is common. Work schedules may vary to include early mornings, late evenings, weekends, or holidays.
Food preparation workers typically do not need a formal educational credential or previous work experience to enter the occupation. They learn through on-the-job training that usually lasts several weeks.
The median hourly wage for food preparation workers was $13.84 in May 2021.
Employment of food preparation workers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2021 to 2031, slower than the average for all occupations.
Despite limited employment growth, about 145,800 openings for food preparation workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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