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Average hourly wages for experienced food preparation workers were $16.61 in 2022

October 17, 2023

October 17 is National Pasta Day. Ingredients for dishes like linguine with clams, fettuccine alfredo, lasagna, and the ever-popular macaroni and cheese are prepped by food preparation workers that assist cooks with routine kitchen tasks. In 2022, the average hourly wage for food preparation workers in the United States was $13.44 at the entry level and $16.61 at the experienced level.

Average hourly wages for food preparation workers by selected areas and grouped work levels, 2022
State Entry Experienced

United States

$13.44 $16.61

Ohio

11.84 15.57

Tennessee

12.00 13.63

Georgia

13.37 13.90

Illinois

14.87 15.47

Florida

14.65 15.24

New York

15.83 19.15

California

16.25 17.47

These estimates are also available for occupations at the state level. The average hourly wage for food preparation workers in Tennessee was $12.00 for entry level and $13.63 for experienced level workers, while in New York, it was $15.83 for entry level and $19.15 for experienced level workers.

Work levels provide insight into the range of duties and responsibilities for occupations. Levels are determined based on four factors: knowledge, job controls and complexity, contacts (nature and purpose), and the physical environment. There are up to 15 work levels, and they vary by occupational groups. These levels are also grouped and published as entry, intermediate, and experienced levels for some occupations.

These data are from the Modeled Wage Estimates derived from the National Compensation Survey and the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics survey. Modeled Wage Estimates are available for detailed occupations, geographic areas, and job characteristics, including full- and part-time status, work levels, and bargaining status.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Average hourly wages for experienced food preparation workers were $16.61 in 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/average-hourly-wages-for-experienced-food-preparation-workers-were-16-61-in-2022.htm (visited May 25, 2024).

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