Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
785,370 1.2 % $10.05 $20,910 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.92 $8.51 $9.28 $11.20 $13.84
Annual Wage (2) $16,470 $17,700 $19,300 $23,300 $28,790


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)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 383,940 4.30 $9.49 $19,730
Grocery Stores 112,160 4.49 $10.50 $21,840
Special Food Services 50,340 8.52 $10.45 $21,730
Elementary and Secondary Schools 44,870 0.54 $11.44 $23,790
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 31,590 1.90 $10.02 $20,850

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 50,340 8.52 $10.45 $21,730
Specialty Food Stores 10,250 4.72 $9.94 $20,670
Grocery Stores 112,160 4.49 $10.50 $21,840
Vending Machine Operators 1,650 4.39 $9.89 $20,580
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 383,940 4.30 $9.49 $19,730

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dairy Product Manufacturing 370 0.28 $14.04 $29,200
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 40 0.02 $13.68 $28,450
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,280 0.18 $12.77 $26,570
Home Health Care Services 240 0.02 $12.70 $26,410
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers (8) (8) $12.28 $25,530


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 101,830 7.12 1.18 $10.18 $21,170
Florida 53,070 7.30 1.21 $10.00 $20,800
New York 52,290 6.12 1.02 $11.38 $23,670
Texas 46,070 4.35 0.72 $9.11 $18,940
Illinois 41,490 7.35 1.22 $9.67 $20,110




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 27,700 14.83 2.46 $8.56 $17,800
Mississippi 14,390 13.31 2.21 $8.39 $17,450
Hawaii 6,540 11.12 1.85 $11.59 $24,100
Alaska 3,040 9.55 1.58 $12.43 $25,850
South Dakota 3,750 9.41 1.56 $9.06 $18,840




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 8,800 7.80 1.29 $12.72 $26,450
Alaska 3,040 9.55 1.58 $12.43 $25,850
Rhode Island 2,780 6.13 1.02 $11.65 $24,220
Connecticut 13,640 8.42 1.40 $11.62 $24,180
Hawaii 6,540 11.12 1.85 $11.59 $24,100





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 32,780 6.36 1.05 $11.87 $24,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 31,670 8.18 1.36 $9.49 $19,730
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 25,720 7.06 1.17 $9.79 $20,360
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 13,780 5.88 0.98 $10.74 $22,340
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 12,020 6.59 1.09 $11.21 $23,320
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 10,050 4.44 0.74 $10.11 $21,030
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 9,610 7.63 1.26 $9.91 $20,610
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 9,450 3.58 0.59 $9.11 $18,950
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 9,360 4.46 0.74 $9.15 $19,040
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 8,990 5.26 0.87 $11.49 $23,900