Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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
Geographic 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)
775,140 1.1 % $10.07 $20,950 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.85 $8.47 $9.27 $11.21 $13.93
Annual Wage (2) $16,330 $17,610 $19,270 $23,310 $28,960


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Full-Service Restaurants 205,360 4.51 $9.77 $20,320
Limited-Service Eating Places 160,080 3.90 $8.98 $18,680
Grocery Stores 107,450 4.35 $10.68 $22,200
Elementary and Secondary Schools 54,250 0.65 $11.44 $23,800
Special Food Services 46,030 8.06 $10.42 $21,680

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Special Food Services 46,030 8.06 $10.42 $21,680
Full-Service Restaurants 205,360 4.51 $9.77 $20,320
Specialty Food Stores 9,530 4.39 $10.16 $21,130
Grocery Stores 107,450 4.35 $10.68 $22,200
Limited-Service Eating Places 160,080 3.90 $8.98 $18,680

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 30 0.02 $13.68 $28,460
Warehousing and Storage 70 0.01 $12.90 $26,830
Home Health Care Services 290 0.03 $12.58 $26,160
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,090 0.18 $12.52 $26,050
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $12.17 $25,310


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 101,910 7.26 1.20 $10.21 $21,230
New York 58,530 6.95 1.15 $11.25 $23,390
Florida 55,460 7.75 1.28 $9.75 $20,280
Texas 41,630 4.04 0.67 $9.21 $19,150
Pennsylvania 39,700 7.15 1.18 $10.32 $21,470




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 27,850 15.14 2.51 $8.73 $18,150
Mississippi 15,680 14.61 2.42 $8.37 $17,400
Hawaii 6,840 11.84 1.96 $11.92 $24,790
South Dakota 4,050 10.31 1.71 $9.14 $19,010
Alaska 3,130 10.01 1.66 $12.34 $25,660




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 8,340 7.50 1.24 $13.34 $27,750
District of Columbia 3,210 4.99 0.82 $12.46 $25,920
Alaska 3,130 10.01 1.66 $12.34 $25,660
Hawaii 6,840 11.84 1.96 $11.92 $24,790
Connecticut 13,520 8.40 1.39 $11.74 $24,410





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 32,870 6.49 1.07 $11.84 $24,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 26,550 6.94 1.15 $9.72 $20,230
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 19,680 5.49 0.91 $9.96 $20,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 12,530 5.42 0.90 $10.83 $22,520
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 11,060 6.09 1.01 $11.22 $23,330
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 10,860 4.88 0.81 $10.24 $21,290
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 10,130 7.31 1.21 $11.06 $23,000
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 9,990 8.09 1.34 $9.84 $20,460
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 9,460 3.71 0.61 $9.73 $20,240
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 9,300 18.23 3.02 $9.00 $18,730