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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$16,980
25th Percentile Wage
$18,380
50th Percentile Wage
$20,180
75th Percentile Wage
$23,450
90th Percentile Wage
$26,740

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 $26,740. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $20,180. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16,980. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 57% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$20,180
3.67% 9.51%
2016
$19,440
2.73% -
2015
$18,910
2.64% -
2014
$18,410
0.43% -
2013
$18,330
0.38% -
2012
$18,260
- -

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 $28,060. The lowest paying sector is the construction sector (annual salary $18,450).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$28,060
Finance and Insurance
$24,320
Transportation and Warehousing
$23,710
Educational Services
$23,290
Mining
$23,180
Health Care and Social Assistance
$22,940
Information
$22,290
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$22,230
Retail Trade
$22,200
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$21,860
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$21,830
Manufacturing
$21,690
Wholesale Trade
$21,570
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$21,510
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$20,800
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$20,590
Accommodation and Food Services
$19,910
Construction
$18,450

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 $17,900 to $25,460. The highest paying state for combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $25,460. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,900. 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
$25,460
Washington
$24,660
Massachusetts
$24,360
Vermont
$23,820
North Dakota
$23,640
California
$23,520
Alaska
$23,490
Connecticut
$23,220
Oregon
$22,950
Rhode Island
$22,540
New York
$22,030
Minnesota
$21,730
Hawaii
$21,710
Colorado
$21,270
Arizona
$20,820
Nebraska
$20,750
Maryland
$20,730
Guam
$20,260
Montana
$20,230
New Jersey
$20,190
Illinois
$20,120
South Dakota
$20,110
New Hampshire
$20,070
Delaware
$19,770
Maine
$19,690
Wyoming
$19,680
Michigan
$19,620
West Virginia
$19,480
Nevada
$19,460
Florida
$19,290
Virgin Islands
$19,290
Iowa
$19,280
Ohio
$19,150
Utah
$19,050
Arkansas
$19,020
Texas
$18,980
Virginia
$18,960
New Mexico
$18,840
Pennsylvania
$18,840
Missouri
$18,790
Wisconsin
$18,710
Kansas
$18,710
Tennessee
$18,570
Mississippi
$18,520
North Carolina
$18,490
Idaho
$18,440
Indiana
$18,440
Kentucky
$18,400
Louisiana
$18,330
Georgia
$18,320
Oklahoma
$18,230
Alabama
$18,160
South Carolina
$18,120
Puerto Rico
$17,900



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