Food Preparation Workers

Food preparation workers perform many routine tasks under the direction of cooks, chefs, or food service managers. Food preparation workers prepare cold foods, slice meat, peel and cut vegetables, brew coffee or tea, and perform many other food service tasks.

$22,730

Median US Salary

No formal educational credential

Minimum education requirement

Outlook for Food Preparation Workers

Currently employed

832,690

In the U.S. Total

Job Growth

8%

2016 - 2026 growth rate

Jobs added

50,000 or more

Estimated over the next 10 years

Median Salary by State for Food Preparation Workers

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10 Highest Paying States

(Median salary)

District of Columbia $27,400

Washington $27,250

North Dakota $26,240

Massachusetts $26,180

Alaska $25,600

Connecticut $25,160

California $24,810

Vermont $24,550

Minnesota $24,500

Rhode Island $24,470

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Maxxing your 401k as Food Preparation Workers

All numbers based on median salary

% to Max 401k

83.6%

Per paycheck

$730.86

Bi-Weekly Pay Period

Gross Income $874.23
Pre Tax Retirement $730.86
Before Taxes $143.37
Taxes $43.01
Take Home $100.36

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