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Counter Attendant, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop Salary Information

The salary statistics of counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 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. Counter Attendant, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,230
25th Percentile Wage
$18,460
50th Percentile Wage
$19,970
75th Percentile Wage
$23,100
90th Percentile Wage
$28,010

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop is $28,010. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $19,970. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,230. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 62% 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 counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201619,9703.71%7.06%
201519,2302.55%-
201418,7400.21%-
201318,7000.75%-
201218,560--

Table 2. Counter Attendant, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop in 17 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 counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $25,860. The lowest paying sector is the construction sector (annual salary $18,320).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$25,860
Transportation and Warehousing
$23,390
Health Care and Social Assistance
$23,200
Educational Services
$22,800
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$22,210
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$22,170
Retail Trade
$21,840
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$21,820
Manufacturing
$20,810
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$19,950
Accommodation and Food Services
$19,760
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$19,750
Federal, State, and Local Government
$19,550
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$19,540
Wholesale Trade
$19,180
Information
$19,020
Construction
$18,320

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop by States

From the above tables we note that not only counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 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 counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,720 to $24,490. The highest paying state for counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $24,490. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,720. For more salary information of counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$24,490
Nevada
$24,110
North Dakota
$23,550
California
$23,310
Washington
$23,110
Alaska
$22,540
Oregon
$22,370
Hawaii
$21,290
Massachusetts
$20,820
Rhode Island
$20,530
Vermont
$20,520
New York
$20,470
Colorado
$20,430
Connecticut
$20,240
Arizona
$20,100
Illinois
$19,800
South Dakota
$19,750
Virgin Islands
$19,710
Minnesota
$19,680
New Hampshire
$19,570
Nebraska
$19,550
Maryland
$19,370
Utah
$19,360
New Jersey
$19,290
Michigan
$19,210
West Virginia
$19,190
Florida
$19,170
Ohio
$19,150
Montana
$19,140
Iowa
$19,070
Wyoming
$19,020
Delaware
$18,980
Wisconsin
$18,890
Missouri
$18,800
Arkansas
$18,800
Oklahoma
$18,760
Guam
$18,760
Maine
$18,680
Texas
$18,620
Virginia
$18,600
Louisiana
$18,560
North Carolina
$18,540
New Mexico
$18,530
Kentucky
$18,490
Pennsylvania
$18,480
Kansas
$18,400
Alabama
$18,340
Mississippi
$18,340
Georgia
$18,320
Tennessee
$18,290
Idaho
$18,280
Indiana
$18,090
South Carolina
$18,080
Puerto Rico
$17,720


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