Training Requirements for Food Preparation Workers

Food preparation workers need no formal educational credential and short-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Food preparation workers
Percent
Less than High School 27.1
High School 36.7
Some College 21.2
Associates Degree 6.0
Bachelors Degree 7.5
Masters Degree 1.2
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.3

Employment Outlook for Food Preparation Workers

This represents about 873,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 54,000 more food preparation workers but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 298,000 more.

Typical Income for Food Preparation Workers

Hourly Income

On average,food preparation workers make $11.02 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Food preparation workers $8.37 $9.12 $10.31 $12.19 $14.93
Food preparation and serving related occupations $8.28 $8.94 $10.01 $12.34 $16.92
Cooks and food preparation workers $8.44 $9.27 $10.80 $13.18 $15.87
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, food preparation workers make $22,920 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Food preparation workers $17,420 $18,960 $21,440 $25,360 $31,040
Food preparation and serving related occupations $17,220 $18,600 $20,810 $25,680 $35,200
Cooks and food preparation workers $17,550 $19,280 $22,460 $27,420 $33,000
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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