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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2015
Jan.
2016
Feb.
2016
Mar.
2016

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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3,067.5 3,072.4 (P) 3,093.3 (P) 3,100.0

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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2,700.8 2,665.1 (P) 2,669.1  

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2015

Butchers and meat cutters

111,620

Cashiers

974,210

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

167,480

Food preparation workers

162,540

Stock clerks and order fillers

534,430

(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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2015
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2016

Average hourly earnings

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$14.26 $14.59 $14.54 (P) $14.50

Average weekly hours

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30.4 30.1 29.7 (P) 30.1

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2015
Dec.
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2016

Average hourly earnings

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$12.78 $12.74 $12.93 (P) $12.86

Average weekly hours

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28.0 28.0 27.4 (P) 27.7

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2015
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Butchers and meat cutters

13.92 14.72 28,950 30,620

Cashiers

9.39 10.41 19,540 21,650

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

18.32 19.78 38,100 41,150

Food preparation workers

10.04 10.82 20,890 22,500

Stock clerks and order fillers

10.47 11.60 21,780 24,140

(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 2011 2012 2013 2014

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

86 67 46 69

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

Data series 2014

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

 

Total recordable cases

4.4

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

2.6

Cases involving days away from work

1.4

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.2

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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2015
Jan.
2016
Feb.
2016
Mar.
2016

Producer price index

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(P) 190.0 (P) 189.5 (P) 187.4 (P) 188.8

Percent change from previous month

  (P) 2.6% (P) -0.3% (P) -1.1% (P) 0.7%

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(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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2014
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2015
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2015
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2015

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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146,282 (P) 145,779 (P) 146,193 (P) 146,507

Local government

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430 (P) 440 (P) 440 (P) 444

State government

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419 (P) 416 (P) 417 (P) 420

Federal government

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202 (P) 201 (P) 199 (P) 199

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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Labor productivity index, output per hour

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99.363 100.703 99.027  

Percent change from previous year

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-1.9 1.3 -1.7  

Labor index, total labor hours

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100.895 100.890 103.928 103.931

Percent change from previous year

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3.0 0.0 3.0 0.0

Output index

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100.251 101.600 102.917  

Percent change from previous year

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1.0 1.3 1.3  

Unit labor costs index

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107.366 106.713 110.031  

Percent change from previous year

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2.0 -0.6 3.1  

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

See grocery stores in the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: April 29, 2016