Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
862,740 1.2 % $10.60 $22,050 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.20 $8.90 $9.70 $11.71 $14.43
Annual Wage (2) $17,060 $18,510 $20,180 $24,360 $30,010


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 437,650 4.41 $10.11 $21,030
Grocery Stores 149,800 5.61 $10.86 $22,600
Special Food Services 54,680 8.22 $10.99 $22,850
Elementary and Secondary Schools 33,970 0.41 $12.09 $25,140
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 29,050 1.76 $10.72 $22,300

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 54,680 8.22 $10.99 $22,850
Grocery Stores 149,800 5.61 $10.86 $22,600
Specialty Food Stores 12,370 5.38 $10.27 $21,360
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 437,650 4.41 $10.11 $21,030
Vending Machine Operators 1,480 3.92 $10.68 $22,200

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Department Stores 440 0.03 $13.72 $28,530
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $13.66 $28,420
Office Administrative Services 50 0.01 $13.13 $27,310
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 140 0.01 $13.07 $27,190
Home Health Care Services 240 0.02 $13.07 $27,180


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 120,940 7.80 1.25 $11.17 $23,240
Texas 62,010 5.36 0.86 $10.15 $21,100
New York 59,820 6.66 1.06 $11.47 $23,860
Florida 54,490 6.88 1.10 $10.71 $22,290
Illinois 40,850 6.98 1.12 $10.25 $21,310



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 34,530 17.80 2.85 $8.61 $17,910
Hawaii 8,720 14.07 2.25 $11.68 $24,290
Maine 6,760 11.43 1.83 $10.93 $22,720
Alaska 3,490 10.65 1.70 $13.24 $27,540
Rhode Island 4,430 9.40 1.50 $11.30 $23,510



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 3,490 10.65 1.70 $13.24 $27,540
Washington 22,840 7.66 1.22 $12.89 $26,810
District of Columbia 3,140 4.65 0.74 $12.61 $26,220
Connecticut 9,460 5.70 0.91 $12.39 $25,770
Nevada 10,590 8.59 1.37 $12.14 $25,260




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 45,810 7.07 1.13 $11.50 $23,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 34,640 8.44 1.35 $11.08 $23,040
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 26,390 7.39 1.18 $10.44 $21,710
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 15,840 5.41 0.86 $10.49 $21,810
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 15,200 6.13 0.98 $9.93 $20,660
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 12,480 9.22 1.47 $10.87 $22,610
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 11,170 4.62 0.74 $11.70 $24,340
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 11,030 7.18 1.15 $13.06 $27,160
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 10,780 4.63 0.74 $9.99 $20,770
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 10,650 6.99 1.12 $11.02 $22,910