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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
$19,810
25th Percentile Wage
$22,440
50th Percentile Wage
$27,040
75th Percentile Wage
$33,930
90th Percentile Wage
$41,960

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
2017
$27,040
2.81% 9.84%
2016
$26,280
3.08% -
2015
$25,470
1.61% -
2014
$25,060
1.60% -
2013
$24,660
1.14% -
2012
$24,380
- -

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
$43,160
Finance and Insurance
$33,200
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$31,710
Educational Services
$31,220
Health Care and Social Assistance
$29,310
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$27,670
Retail Trade
$27,470
Manufacturing
$27,310
Wholesale Trade
$26,580
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$26,200
Accommodation and Food Services
$25,530
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$25,080
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$24,420
Transportation and Warehousing
$24,180
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$23,120
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$22,740

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
$37,820
Slaughterers and Meat Packers
$27,950
Miscellaneous Food Processing Workers
$27,630
Butchers and Other Meat, Poultry, and Fish Processing Workers
$27,330
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders
$26,430
Food Batchmakers
$23,650
Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders
$23,430
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
$23,280
Bakers
$22,930
Food Processing Workers, All Other
$19,390



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