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Salary of Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations

The average annual salary of food preparation and serving related occupations is shown in Table 1. Table 2 compares the median salaries across all food preparation and serving related occupations in the United States. The food preparation and serving related occupations salary statistics are from the national compensation survey published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations in the United States (2017 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,440
25th Percentile Wage
$19,040
50th Percentile Wage
$21,910
75th Percentile Wage
$26,960
90th Percentile Wage
$36,350

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for food preparation and serving related occupations. The salary is shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) food preparation and serving related occupations is $36,350. The median annual salary is $21,910. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,440.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of food preparation and serving related occupations from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$21,910
5.02% 13.60%
2016
$20,810
5.91% -
2015
$19,580
2.30% -
2014
$19,130
0.58% -
2013
$19,020
0.47% -
2012
$18,930
- -

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations (2017 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual wage for each Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations in the United States. Note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among food preparation and serving related professions, ranging from $20,180 to $45,950. The highest-paid food preparation and serving related occupations are chefs and head cooks with a median annual salary of $45,950. The lowest-paid food preparation and serving related occupations in the United States are combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food with a median annual salary of $20,180. For more salary information about a specific food preparation and serving related profession, use the links in the table.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Chefs and Head Cooks
$45,950
Private Household Cooks
$38,280
Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
$33,400
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
$31,960
All Other Cooks
$27,990
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks
$25,860
Restaurant Cooks
$25,180
Cooks
$23,970
Cooks and Food Preparation Workers
$23,620
Short Order Cooks
$22,740
Food Preparation Workers
$22,730
Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other
$22,620
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
$22,320
Bartenders
$21,690
Dishwashers
$21,500
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers
$21,490
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
$21,280
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
$21,160
Fast Food Cooks
$21,040
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
$20,930
Waiters and Waitresses
$20,820
Food and Beverage Serving Workers
$20,500
Fast Food and Counter Workers
$20,240
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
$20,180