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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of food processing workers from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
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|| |
|Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders|| |
|Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders|| |
|Food Batchmakers|| |
|Miscellaneous Food Processing Workers|| |
|Slaughterers and Meat Packers|| |
|Butchers and Other Meat, Poultry, and Fish Processing Workers|| |
|Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers|| |
|Food Processing Workers, All Other|| |