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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Counter Attendant, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,620
25th Percentile Wage
$19,020
50th Percentile Wage
$21,280
75th Percentile Wage
$24,420
90th Percentile Wage
$29,650

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 $29,650. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $21,280. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,620. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 68% 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 counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$21,280
6.16% 12.78%
2016
$19,970
3.71% -
2015
$19,230
2.55% -
2014
$18,740
0.21% -
2013
$18,700
0.75% -
2012
$18,560
- -

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 health care and social assistance sector with an annual salary $24,650. The lowest paying sector is the construction sector (annual salary $18,320).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Health Care and Social Assistance
$24,650
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$23,370
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$23,220
Retail Trade
$23,220
Finance and Insurance
$23,150
Transportation and Warehousing
$23,040
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$22,890
Educational Services
$22,830
Manufacturing
$22,350
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$22,220
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$21,410
Wholesale Trade
$21,140
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$21,080
Accommodation and Food Services
$20,950
Federal, State, and Local Government
$20,070
Information
$19,730
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 $17,670 to $25,950. The highest paying state for counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $25,950. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,670. 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
$25,950
Washington
$24,770
California
$24,470
Massachusetts
$24,020
North Dakota
$23,900
Nevada
$23,890
Oregon
$23,370
Hawaii
$22,940
Arizona
$22,870
Alaska
$22,790
Vermont
$22,730
Connecticut
$22,640
New York
$22,510
Rhode Island
$22,310
Colorado
$21,900
Illinois
$20,930
Minnesota
$20,640
Maryland
$20,600
Nebraska
$20,270
South Dakota
$20,170
New Hampshire
$20,150
Maine
$20,050
Michigan
$19,930
Utah
$19,840
New Jersey
$19,780
West Virginia
$19,730
Montana
$19,730
Virgin Islands
$19,600
Delaware
$19,570
Florida
$19,560
Virginia
$19,540
Ohio
$19,520
Iowa
$19,490
Texas
$19,390
Wyoming
$19,330
Wisconsin
$19,280
Missouri
$19,270
Guam
$19,190
Arkansas
$19,140
Kentucky
$18,990
Idaho
$18,970
Pennsylvania
$18,960
Alabama
$18,910
Kansas
$18,810
New Mexico
$18,790
Louisiana
$18,710
North Carolina
$18,680
Tennessee
$18,620
Georgia
$18,570
Mississippi
$18,550
Oklahoma
$18,520
Indiana
$18,510
South Carolina
$18,450
Puerto Rico
$17,670



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