Food Preparation and Serving Occupations

  Occupation Job Summary Entry-Level Education 2012 MEDIAN PAY


Bartenders mix drinks and serve them directly to customers or through wait staff.

Less than high school $18,900
Chefs and head cooks

Chefs and Head Cooks

Chefs and head cooks oversee the daily food preparation at restaurants and other places where food is served. They direct kitchen staff and handle any food-related concerns.

High school diploma or equivalent $42,480


Cooks prepare, season, and cook a wide range of foods. This may include soups, salads, entrees, and desserts.

See How to Become One $20,550
Food and beverage serving and related workers

Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers

Food and beverage serving and related workers perform a variety of customer service, food preparation, and cleaning duties in restaurants, cafeterias, and other eating and drinking establishments.

Less than high school $18,400
Food preparation workers

Food Preparation Workers

Food preparation workers perform many routine tasks under the direction of cooks, chefs, or food service managers. Food preparation workers prepare cold foods, slice meat, peel and cut vegetables, brew coffee or tea, and perform many other food service tasks.

Less than high school $19,300
Waiters and waitresses

Waiters and Waitresses

Waiters and waitresses take orders and serve food and beverages to customers in dining establishments.

Less than high school $18,540

Publish Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014