|Quick Facts: Food Preparation Workers|
$28,780 per year
$13.84 per hour
|No formal educational credential|
|Short-term on-the-job training|
|6% (As fast as average)|
Food preparation workers perform many routine tasks under the direction of cooks, chefs, or food service managers.
Food preparation workers are employed in restaurants, hotels, and other places where food is served, such as cafeterias, grocery stores, hospitals, and schools. They often work early mornings, late evenings, weekends, or holidays. Many food preparation workers work part time.
Food preparation workers learn through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting several weeks. No formal education or previous work experience is required.
The median hourly wage for food preparation workers was $13.84 in May 2021.
Employment of food preparation workers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 149,800 openings for food preparation workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many 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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