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Food Processing Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of food processing workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of food processing workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of food processing workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The food processing 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 Processing Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,200
25th Percentile Wage
$21,710
50th Percentile Wage
$26,280
75th Percentile Wage
$32,620
90th Percentile Wage
$40,890

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for food processing workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) food processing workers is $40,890. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $26,280. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,200. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 112% 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 processing workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201626,2803.08%7.23%
201525,4701.61%-
201425,0601.60%-
201324,6601.14%-
201224,380--

Table 2. Food Processing Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of food processing workers in 14 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 processing workers occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $42,500. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $22,020).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$42,500
Educational Services
$30,890
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$29,030
Health Care and Social Assistance
$28,350
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$28,200
Retail Trade
$26,760
Manufacturing
$26,510
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$26,230
Wholesale Trade
$25,430
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$25,200
Accommodation and Food Services
$24,780
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$24,460
Transportation and Warehousing
$23,800
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$22,020

Table 3. Salaries of Food Processing Worker Related Occupations

The average annual salary of food processing worker related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Butchers and Meat Cutters
$29,870
Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders
$28,570
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders
$28,350
Food Batchmakers
$27,810
Miscellaneous Food Processing Workers
$27,110
Slaughterers and Meat Packers
$26,590
Butchers and Other Meat, Poultry, and Fish Processing Workers
$26,410
Bakers
$25,090
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
$24,490
Food Processing Workers, All Other
$24,160



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