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Food Preparation Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of food preparation workers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of food preparation workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The food preparation workers 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. Food Preparation Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,420
25th Percentile Wage
$18,960
50th Percentile Wage
$21,440
75th Percentile Wage
$25,360
90th Percentile Wage
$31,040

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for food preparation workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) food preparation workers is $31,040. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $21,440. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,420. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 78% 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 food preparation workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201621,4405.88%9.98%
201520,1803.07%-
201419,5600.61%-
201319,4400.72%-
201219,300--

Table 2. Food Preparation Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of food preparation workers 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 food preparation workers occupations is the construction sector with an annual salary $26,620. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $20,860).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Construction
$26,620
Educational Services
$25,180
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$24,970
Finance and Insurance
$24,200
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$23,500
Transportation and Warehousing
$23,270
Wholesale Trade
$22,670
Federal, State, and Local Government
$22,670
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$22,590
Health Care and Social Assistance
$22,280
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$22,100
Manufacturing
$22,030
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$22,000
Information
$21,820
Retail Trade
$21,780
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$21,310
Accommodation and Food Services
$20,860

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Food Preparation Workers by States

From the above tables we note that not only food preparation workers 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 food preparation workers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,840 to $26,020. The highest paying state for food preparation workers is North Dakota with a median annual salary of $26,020. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,840. For more salary information of food preparation workers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
North Dakota
$26,020
Washington
$24,920
Alaska
$24,790
Connecticut
$24,750
District of Columbia
$24,380
Massachusetts
$24,170
Minnesota
$24,050
California
$23,630
Oregon
$23,220
Hawaii
$23,070
Vermont
$22,910
Colorado
$22,720
New York
$22,420
Rhode Island
$22,340
Maine
$22,290
Nevada
$22,260
Michigan
$22,070
New Hampshire
$22,050
Wyoming
$22,010
Florida
$21,790
Illinois
$21,590
Maryland
$21,590
New Jersey
$21,230
Arizona
$21,210
Delaware
$21,150
Pennsylvania
$21,090
Texas
$20,780
Virginia
$20,700
Montana
$20,470
South Dakota
$20,470
Iowa
$20,190
Nebraska
$20,170
Utah
$20,140
New Mexico
$20,000
Wisconsin
$19,840
North Carolina
$19,820
Ohio
$19,810
South Carolina
$19,630
Tennessee
$19,580
Kentucky
$19,570
West Virginia
$19,530
Indiana
$19,390
Virgin Islands
$19,260
Missouri
$19,220
Kansas
$19,160
Oklahoma
$19,160
Alabama
$19,100
Georgia
$19,020
Guam
$18,880
Idaho
$18,870
Arkansas
$18,790
Mississippi
$18,540
Louisiana
$18,110
Puerto Rico
$17,840


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