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Cashiers in food and beverage stores earned an average of $12 per hour in May 2019

June 01, 2020

Grocery store employees are among the most visible of essential workers. In May 2019, over 2.9 million jobs in food and beverage stores were filled by workers ringing up purchases, stocking shelves, and preparing food to help customers put dinner on the table. Nine occupations accounted for 80 percent of employment in food and beverage stores. Cashiers (with employment of 865,150) and stockers and order fillers (543,790) were the largest occupations in food and beverage stores; these two occupations made up nearly half of jobs in this industry.

Employment and hourly mean wages for the largest occupations in food and beverage stores, May 2019
Occupation Employment Hourly mean wage

Management

General and operations managers

39,670 $39.17

Healthcare practitioners and technical

Pharmacy technicians

37,890 15.54

Pharmacists

24,480 61.00

Food preparation and serving related

Food preparation workers

189,980 12.72

Fast food and counter workers

130,100 12.44

First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

29,210 19.50

Cooks, short order

10,890 13.98

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

23,550 12.49

Sales and related

Cashiers

865,150 12.01

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

155,030 21.89

Retail salespersons

129,400 13.45

Office and administrative support

Customer service representatives

102,020 13.16

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

47,360 20.83

Shipping, receiving, and inventory clerks

20,220 16.21

Office clerks, general

17,160 14.80

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

16,800 17.34

Production

Butchers and meat cutters

107,960 16.20

Bakers

52,100 14.18

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

18,720 23.90

Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers

18,170 13.90

Transportation and material moving

Stockers and order fillers

543,790 13.33

Packers and packagers, hand

116,420 11.41

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

32,200 13.48

First-line supervisors of transportation and material moving workers, except aircraft cargo handling supervisors

15,460 21.64

Light truck drivers

8,160 15.71

Other large occupations in food and beverage stores were food preparation workers (189,980), first-line supervisors of retail sales workers (155,030), fast food and counter workers (130,100), retail salespersons (129,400), hand packers and packagers (116,420), butchers and meat cutters (107,960), and customer service representatives (102,020).

Most jobs in food and beverage stores were relatively low paying, compared with other industries. The hourly mean wage in this industry was $14.68 while the hourly mean wage for all industries combined was $25.72. Half of jobs in food and beverage stores paid $12.36 per hour or less, and 90 percent paid $21.77 per hour or less.

Of the 25 occupations shown in the chart, only two—general and operations managers ($39.17) and pharmacists ($61.00)—had above-average wages. Cashiers in food and beverage stores had an hourly mean wage of $12.01, while stockers and order fillers earned $13.33. Food preparation workers ($12.72), first-line supervisors of retail sales workers ($21.89), and fast food and counter workers ($12.44) also had hourly mean wages below the all-industries average of $25.72.

These data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics program. To learn more, see the May 2019 OES data for food and beverage stores. Food and beverage stores include grocery stores and specialty food stores, but not warehouse clubs, supercenters, or other general merchandise stores.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Cashiers in food and beverage stores earned an average of $12 per hour in May 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/cashiers-in-food-and-beverage-stores-earned-an-average-of-12-dollars-per-hour-in-may-2019.htm (visited November 27, 2020).

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