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Food and Beverage Stores: NAICS 445

About the Food and Beverage Stores subsector

The food and beverage stores subsector is part of the retail trade sector.

Industries in the Food and Beverage Stores subsector usually retail food and beverages merchandise from fixed point-of-sale locations. Establishments in this subsector have special equipment (e.g., freezers, refrigerated display cases, refrigerators) for displaying food and beverage goods. They have staff trained in the processing of food products to guarantee the proper storage and sanitary conditions required by regulatory authority.

North American Industry Classification System

The food and beverage stores subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Grocery Stores: NAICS 4451
  • Specialty Food Stores: NAICS 4452
  • Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores: NAICS 4453

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in food and beverage stores. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021
Jun.
2021

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

3,160.5 3,108.7 (p)3,101.4 (p)3,088.7

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

2,764.4 2,725.0 (p)2,733.9  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2020

Butchers and meat cutters

116,090

Cashiers

901,090

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

170,160

Food preparation workers

191,150

Stock clerks and order fillers

571,550

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for food and beverage stores.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in food and beverage stores.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Feb.
2021
Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021

Average hourly earnings

$17.24 $17.53 $17.50 (p)$17.74

Average weekly hours

30.0 29.5 29.6 (p)30.0

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Feb.
2021
Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021

Average hourly earnings

$14.71 $14.73 $14.93 (p)$14.99

Average weekly hours

27.8 27.6 27.7 (p)28.0

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2020
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Butchers and meat cutters

15.56 16.47 32,360 34,250

Cashiers

12.24 12.70 25,470 26,420

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

20.50 22.58 42,650 46,960

Food preparation workers

12.99 13.38 27,020 27,830

Stock clerks and order fillers

13.28 14.03 27,620 29,190

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in food and beverage stores. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2016 2017 2018 2019

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

71 60 42 54

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2019

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

4.1

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

2.6

Cases involving days away from work

1.3

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.3

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

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Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021
Jun.
2021

Producer price index

(p)207.8 (p)212.5 (p)208.6 (p)206.8

Percent change from previous month

  (p)0.0% (p)2.3% (p)-1.8% (p)-0.9%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in food and beverage stores. Also included in this section is information on productivity, presented as the rate of change in output per hour of workers in the industry.

Establishments

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1st quarter
2020
2nd quarter
2020
3rd quarter
2020
4th quarter
2020

Number of establishments

Private industry

(p)146,185 (p)146,126 (p)146,902 (p)147,662

Local government

(p)455 (p)454 (p)453 (p)454

State government

(p)430 (p)430 (p)433 (p)434

Federal government

(p)199 (p)199 (p)198 (p)199

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Productivity

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2017 2018 2019 2020

Labor productivity index, output per hour

107.605 110.496 113.178 123.173

Percent change from previous year

1.6 2.7 2.4 8.8

Labor index, total labor hours

104.290 103.773 103.477 103.439

Percent change from previous year

2.0 -0.5 -0.3 0.0

Output index

112.222 114.665 117.114 127.410

Percent change from previous year

3.6 2.2 2.1 8.8

Unit labor costs index

109.014 108.370 109.522 111.203

Percent change from previous year

-1.2 -0.6 1.1 1.5

(Source: Productivity and Costs)

 

Data extracted on: July 30, 2021