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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Food Processing Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage 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 $41,960. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $27,040. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,810. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 111% 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 processing workers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2.81% 9.84%
3.08% -
1.61% -
1.60% -
1.14% -
- -

Table 2. Food Processing Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of food processing workers in 16 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 $43,160. The lowest paying sector is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector (annual salary $22,740).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
Finance and Insurance
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Educational Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Retail Trade
Wholesale Trade
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Accommodation and Food Services
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Transportation and Warehousing
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

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
Slaughterers and Meat Packers
Miscellaneous Food Processing Workers
Butchers and Other Meat, Poultry, and Fish Processing Workers
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders
Food Batchmakers
Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
Food Processing Workers, All Other


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