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What You Need to Know About Food Preparers and Servers

Job Description: All food preparation and serving related workers not listed separately.

  • Kitchen Steward
  • Food Aide
  • Food Order Expediter
  • Line Runner
  • Galley Worker

Food Preparer or Server Employment Estimates

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 60,900 jobs in the United States for Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers.

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.3% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 5,600 new jobs for Food Preparers and Servers by 2026. There will be an estimated 11,300 positions for Food Preparer or Server per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Food Preparers and Servers in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers are Texas, California, and New York.

Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Nebraska, or Montana. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Food Preparer or Server Salary

The typical yearly salary for Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers is somewhere between $18,340 and $35,550. The median salary for this occupation is $23,850.

Salary Ranges for Food Preparers and Servers

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for jobs of this type in different U.S. states.

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary

District of Columbia

$39,250

Alaska

$34,010

Connecticut

$32,910

Massachusetts

$31,150

New York

$29,570

Wyoming

$29,250

Nevada

$28,010

Minnesota

$27,760

New Jersey

$27,750

Vermont

$27,670

Rhode Island

$27,230

Tennessee

$27,130

Maryland

$26,840

Hawaii

$26,730

California

$26,500

Illinois

$26,210

Wisconsin

$26,210

Nebraska

$25,870

Arizona

$25,730

Virginia

$25,630

Pennsylvania

$25,620

Washington

$25,550

Oregon

$25,420

Michigan

$25,280

Delaware

$25,060

Montana

$24,540

Iowa

$24,370

Kansas

$24,200

New Hampshire

$24,180

Florida

$24,130

New Mexico

$24,090

Alabama

$23,840

Colorado

$23,650

Ohio

$23,590

West Virginia

$23,430

Kentucky

$23,160

Idaho

$22,830

Texas

$22,750

North Carolina

$22,470

Missouri

$22,250

Mississippi

$22,180

Utah

$22,140

Indiana

$21,810

Oklahoma

$21,260

Louisiana

$21,120

Arkansas

$20,810

South Carolina

$20,400

Georgia

$20,240

Who Employs Food Preparers and Servers?

Food Preparer or Server Sectors

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Factual

O*NET Online

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