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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. In Table 2 we compare the median salaries of 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 BLS in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$31,440
75th Percentile Wage
$23,660
50th Percentile Wage
$19,130
25th Percentile Wage
$17,630
10th Percentile Wage
$16,580

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 $31,440. The median annual salary is $19,130. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16,580.

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations

Table 2 shows the median annual wage of all food preparation and serving related occupations in the United States. We note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among food preparation and serving related professions and range from $18,410 to $41,610. The highest paid food preparation and serving related occupations are chefs and head cooks with a median annual salary of $41,610. 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 $18,410. 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
$41,610
Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
$30,500
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
$29,560
All Other Cooks
$24,970
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks
$23,440
Private Household Cooks
$22,940
Restaurant Cooks
$22,490
Cooks
$21,120
Cooks and Food Preparation Workers
$20,660
Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other
$20,510
Short Order Cooks
$20,190
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
$19,900
Food Preparation Workers
$19,560
Bartenders
$19,050
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers
$18,780
Dishwashers
$18,780
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
$18,760
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
$18,740
Waiters and Waitresses
$18,730
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
$18,720
Food and Beverage Serving Workers
$18,630
Fast Food Cooks
$18,540
Fast Food and Counter Workers
$18,450
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
$18,410