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 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$17,770|
|25th Percentile Wage||$19,580|
|50th Percentile Wage||$22,730|
|75th Percentile Wage||$26,880|
|90th Percentile Wage||$32,130|
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 $32,130. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $22,730. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,770. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 80% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of food preparation workers from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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 educational services sector with an annual salary $26,900. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $22,250).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Educational Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
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 $18,030 to $27,400. The highest paying state for food preparation workers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $27,400. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,030. For more salary information of food preparation workers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|District of Columbia|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New York|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |