Food preparation and serving occupations, November 2004
November 29, 2005
The food preparation and serving occupational group—which includes chefs, cooks, and waiters and waitresses—was the lowest paid occupational group in November 2004.
Nearly 65 percent of the 10 million workers in this group earned less than $8.50 per hour.
Among all occupations, the five lowest-paying were related to food preparation and serving. The lowest-paying occupation was fast food cooks, who earned $7.32 per hour, on average.
These data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics program. To learn more about occupational earnings and employment, see Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004 (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 05-2145.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Food preparation and serving occupations, November 2004 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2005/nov/wk4/art02.htm (visited October 09, 2015).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
New estimates of personal taxes in Consumer Expenditure Survey
In 2013, the Consumer Expenditure Survey improved its personal tax data.
Trends in long-term unemployment
Long-term unemployment reached historically high levels following the recession of 2007–2009.
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.