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Combined Food Preparation and Serving Worker, Including Fast Food Salary Information

The salary statistics of combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Worker, Including Fast Food Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$16,810
25th Percentile Wage
$18,030
50th Percentile Wage
$19,440
75th Percentile Wage
$22,160
90th Percentile Wage
$25,330

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food is $25,330. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $19,440. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16,810. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 50% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201619,4402.73%6.07%
201518,9102.64%-
201418,4100.43%-
201318,3300.38%-
201218,260--

Table 2. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Worker, Including Fast Food Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food in 18 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $27,510. The lowest paying sector is the construction sector (annual salary $19,040).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$27,510
Mining
$23,510
Transportation and Warehousing
$22,410
Educational Services
$22,310
Health Care and Social Assistance
$22,030
Finance and Insurance
$21,880
Retail Trade
$21,250
Information
$20,820
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$20,810
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$20,800
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$20,650
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$20,470
Wholesale Trade
$20,340
Manufacturing
$20,250
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$19,790
Accommodation and Food Services
$19,270
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$19,110
Construction
$19,040

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food by States

From the above tables we note that not only combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,750 to $23,430. The highest paying state for combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $23,430. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,750. For more salary information of combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$23,430
Washington
$23,300
North Dakota
$22,880
Vermont
$22,730
Massachusetts
$22,470
California
$22,280
Connecticut
$22,010
Oregon
$21,940
Alaska
$21,680
Rhode Island
$20,230
Hawaii
$20,190
New Jersey
$19,950
New York
$19,950
Minnesota
$19,940
Nebraska
$19,750
Colorado
$19,710
Guam
$19,590
Maryland
$19,510
New Hampshire
$19,490
Illinois
$19,480
South Dakota
$19,420
Montana
$19,410
Nevada
$19,280
West Virginia
$19,150
Michigan
$19,130
Delaware
$19,100
Wyoming
$19,090
Florida
$19,060
Arizona
$19,050
Ohio
$18,920
Virginia
$18,780
Texas
$18,680
Maine
$18,670
Missouri
$18,630
Utah
$18,610
Idaho
$18,550
Iowa
$18,520
Kansas
$18,470
Arkansas
$18,470
New Mexico
$18,450
Pennsylvania
$18,440
Wisconsin
$18,380
Tennessee
$18,290
North Carolina
$18,240
Indiana
$18,200
Mississippi
$18,180
Louisiana
$18,140
Georgia
$18,080
Oklahoma
$18,080
Kentucky
$18,050
Virgin Islands
$18,050
South Carolina
$18,040
Alabama
$17,980
Puerto Rico
$17,750


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