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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Food Preparation Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$22,730
5.68% 15.09%
2016
$21,440
5.88% -
2015
$20,180
3.07% -
2014
$19,560
0.61% -
2013
$19,440
0.72% -
2012
$19,300
- -

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 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
$26,900
Construction
$26,620
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$25,930
Transportation and Warehousing
$24,220
Wholesale Trade
$24,200
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$24,040
Federal, State, and Local Government
$23,910
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$23,490
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$23,420
Information
$23,390
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$23,310
Manufacturing
$23,280
Health Care and Social Assistance
$23,170
Retail Trade
$23,030
Finance and Insurance
$22,680
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$22,310
Accommodation and Food Services
$22,250

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 $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
$27,400
Washington
$27,250
North Dakota
$26,240
Massachusetts
$26,180
Alaska
$25,600
Connecticut
$25,160
California
$24,810
Vermont
$24,550
Minnesota
$24,500
Rhode Island
$24,470
Nevada
$24,400
Oregon
$24,290
New York
$24,210
Hawaii
$23,760
Colorado
$23,500
New Hampshire
$23,080
Arizona
$22,850
Illinois
$22,660
Michigan
$22,620
Texas
$22,450
Maine
$22,450
Wyoming
$22,440
Florida
$22,380
Maryland
$22,370
Utah
$22,350
New Jersey
$21,910
Pennsylvania
$21,840
Montana
$21,620
Nebraska
$21,550
Delaware
$21,440
Wisconsin
$21,330
South Dakota
$21,320
South Carolina
$21,180
New Mexico
$20,740
North Carolina
$20,730
Virginia
$20,580
Iowa
$20,560
Indiana
$20,490
Alabama
$20,260
Ohio
$20,150
Kentucky
$20,140
Tennessee
$20,090
Idaho
$20,050
West Virginia
$19,980
Virgin Islands
$19,900
Missouri
$19,850
Kansas
$19,700
Georgia
$19,670
Arkansas
$19,540
Guam
$19,370
Oklahoma
$19,220
Mississippi
$18,560
Louisiana
$18,210
Puerto Rico
$18,030



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