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Highest Paying States for Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

The highest paying states for combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $25,460, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food. It is followed by Washington (average annual salary $24,660). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 District of Columbia
$25,460
$24,350 8,710
2 Washington
$24,660
$23,250 80,770
3 Massachusetts
$24,360
$22,890 65,330
4 Vermont
$23,820
$20,980 6,410
5 North Dakota
$23,640
$18,200 7,050
6 California
$23,520
$21,500 393,300
7 Alaska
$23,490
$20,960 4,390
8 Connecticut
$23,220
$21,020 28,300
9 Oregon
$22,950
$20,520 37,040
10 Rhode Island
$22,540
$20,620 10,730
11 New York
$22,030
$20,220 174,200
12 Minnesota
$21,730
$20,110 65,360
13 Hawaii
$21,710
$19,500 13,070
14 Colorado
$21,270
$19,490 63,770
15 Arizona
$20,820
$20,800 61,420
16 Nebraska
$20,750
$19,400 24,330
17 Maryland
$20,730
$18,810 53,330
18 Guam
$20,260
$18,510 190
19 Montana
$20,230
$17,910 11,730
20 New Jersey
$20,190
$18,490 48,910
21 Illinois
$20,120
$18,260 148,710
22 South Dakota
$20,110
$18,720 8,950
23 New Hampshire
$20,070
$16,550 14,530
24 Delaware
$19,770
$18,020 10,830
25 Maine
$19,690
$18,900 8,460
26 Wyoming
$19,680
$16,450 4,600
27 Michigan
$19,620
$18,710 121,630
28 West Virginia
$19,480
$18,750 20,320
29 Nevada
$19,460
$16,420 33,280
30 Florida
$19,290
$17,740 230,230
31 Virgin Islands
$19,290
$17,980 210
32 Iowa
$19,280
$16,460 40,620
33 Ohio
$19,150
$17,820 158,070
34 Utah
$19,050
$16,360 43,580
35 Arkansas
$19,020
$17,950 35,520
36 Texas
$18,980
$16,330 371,290
37 Virginia
$18,960
$16,340 92,200
38 New Mexico
$18,840
$16,710 19,540
39 Pennsylvania
$18,840
$16,340 148,680
40 Missouri
$18,790
$16,940 78,300
41 Wisconsin
$18,710
$16,280 73,820
42 Kansas
$18,710
$16,230 29,870
43 Tennessee
$18,570
$16,270 73,520
44 Mississippi
$18,520
$16,310 18,880
45 North Carolina
$18,490
$16,250 152,180
46 Idaho
$18,440
$16,190 12,110
47 Indiana
$18,440
$16,200 89,250
48 Kentucky
$18,400
$16,250 68,450
49 Louisiana
$18,330
$16,180 28,010
50 Georgia
$18,320
$16,200 130,370
51 Oklahoma
$18,230
$16,180 32,530
52 Alabama
$18,160
$16,130 56,540
53 South Carolina
$18,120
$16,130 63,190
54 Puerto Rico
$17,900
$16,140 15,200
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