Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

35-2021 Food Preparation Workers

Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
849,400 1.0 % $9.82 $20,420 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.39 $8.02 $9.15 $11.05 $13.60
Annual Wage (2) $15,380 $16,680 $19,020 $22,970 $28,280


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Full-Service Restaurants 204,750 $9.56 $19,890
Limited-Service Eating Places 187,980 $8.70 $18,090
Grocery Stores 124,810 $10.48 $21,790
Elementary and Secondary Schools 65,580 $11.14 $23,160
Nursing Care Facilities 48,140 $9.99 $20,790

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 50 $13.22 $27,490
Beverage Manufacturing 100 $12.35 $25,690
Furniture Stores 100 $11.85 $24,640
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,110 $11.75 $24,440
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,610 $11.64 $24,210


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Louisiana 31,720 $8.13 $16,910 16.946
Mississippi 15,860 $8.10 $16,840 14.462
Hawaii 8,010 $10.45 $21,740 13.619
South Dakota 4,280 $8.63 $17,950 10.887
New York 84,880 $10.73 $22,320 10.001

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Alaska 2,540 $12.76 $26,530 8.249
District of Columbia 3,140 $12.05 $25,070 4.935
Nevada 8,280 $11.96 $24,870 7.018
Connecticut 14,710 $11.51 $23,940 8.921
Washington 13,550 $10.99 $22,860 4.858


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 11,780 $8.46 $17,600 23.129
Missoula, MT 1,220 $7.83 $16,290 21.953
Lake Charles, LA 1,640 $8.06 $16,760 18.199
Lafayette, LA 2,510 $7.86 $16,340 17.184
Monroe, LA 1,150 $7.92 $16,470 15.357

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Anchorage, AK 1,350 $13.09 $27,220 8.159
State College, PA 540 $12.87 $26,780 8.070
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 6,150 $12.79 $26,590 7.163
Rochester, MN 330 $12.15 $25,270 3.153
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 1,750 $12.06 $25,090 13.049


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010