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How much does a Caterer make in the United States?

Average Caterer Hourly Wage in the United States

Caterers earn a median hourly wage of $23.12. Hourly wages typically start from $14.68 and go up to $39.60.

Average Caterer Yearly Salary in the United States

Caterers earn a median salary of $48,080 per year. Salaries typically start from $30,540 and go up to $82,370.

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    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Goldey-Beacom College | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates, Bachelors
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Caterer Earnings by Seniority

Top End Caterer Earnings

The highest earning Caterers in the United States earn:

$39.60
an hour
$82,370
per year
Senior Caterer Earnings

Senior Caterers in the United States earn:

$30.23
an hour
$62,890
per year
Experienced Caterer Earnings

Experienced Caterers in the United States earn:

$23.12
an hour
$48,080
per year
Junior Caterer Earnings

Junior Caterers in the United States earn:

$18.50
an hour
$38,480
per year
Starting Caterer Earnings

Starting Caterers in the United States earn:

$14.68
an hour
$30,540
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Caterer salary comparison

Caterers earn more than 75% percent of Food & Drink careers. Caterer salaries are in the bottom 57% of all careers in the United States.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Salary $57k
Restaurant Manager Salary $48k
Caterer Salary $48k
Food Safety And Quality Technician Salary $44k
Brewmaster Salary $38k
Food Batchmaker Salary $26k
Dietetic Technician Salary $26k
Pastry Chef Salary $23k
Food Preparation Worker Salary $20k
Food Server Salary $19k
Hostess Salary $19k

Historical salary for Caterers in the United States

Caterer salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Caterer Salary in New Jersey $32.31 $67,210 # 1
Caterer Salary in Rhode Island $32.85 $68,320 # 2
Caterer Salary in Virginia $27.06 $56,290 # 3
Caterer Salary in New York $30.75 $63,960 # 4
Caterer Salary in Nevada $30.45 $63,330 # 5
Caterer Salary in Delaware $28.71 $59,710 # 6
Caterer Salary in District of Columbia $28.71 $59,720 # 7
Caterer Salary in Florida $27.11 $56,400 # 8
Caterer Salary in Pennsylvania $26.87 $55,900 # 9
Caterer Salary in Maryland $27.34 $56,870 # 10
Caterer Salary in North Dakota $27.58 $57,370 # 11
Caterer Salary in Alabama $25.98 $54,040 # 12
Caterer Salary in Colorado $25.57 $53,190 # 13
Caterer Salary in North Carolina $26.60 $55,330 # 14
Caterer Salary in Arizona $24.84 $51,660 # 15
Caterer Salary in Connecticut $24.07 $50,060 # 16
Caterer Salary in New Mexico $25.70 $53,460 # 17
Caterer Salary in New Hampshire $25.36 $52,750 # 18
Caterer Salary in Massachusetts $25.10 $52,210 # 19
Caterer Salary in Utah $23.49 $48,860 # 20
Caterer Salary in Vermont $23.67 $49,240 # 21
Caterer Salary in Texas $22.98 $47,800 # 22
Caterer Salary in California $22.87 $47,580 # 23
Caterer Salary in Alaska $23.82 $49,540 # 24
Caterer Salary in Nebraska $22.90 $47,640 # 25
Caterer Salary in Washington $22.44 $46,670 # 26
Caterer Salary in Minnesota $21.73 $45,200 # 27
Caterer Salary in Mississippi $22.48 $46,770 # 28
Caterer Salary in Hawaii $22.41 $46,620 # 29
Caterer Salary in Kentucky $21.94 $45,640 # 30
Caterer Salary in South Dakota $22.69 $47,190 # 31
Caterer Salary in Maine $22.43 $46,650 # 32
Caterer Salary in Montana $21.42 $44,560 # 33
Caterer Salary in Louisiana $21.73 $45,200 # 34
Caterer Salary in Indiana $21.69 $45,110 # 35
Caterer Salary in Wisconsin $21.83 $45,410 # 36
Caterer Salary in Arkansas $20.48 $42,590 # 37
Caterer Salary in South Carolina $21.53 $44,790 # 38
Caterer Salary in Ohio $21.22 $44,130 # 39
Caterer Salary in Michigan $21.08 $43,840 # 40
Caterer Salary in Oklahoma $20.46 $42,570 # 41
Caterer Salary in Georgia $21.38 $44,470 # 42
Caterer Salary in Illinois $21.09 $43,860 # 43
Caterer Salary in Wyoming $21.04 $43,760 # 44
Caterer Salary in Missouri $19.43 $40,410 # 45
Caterer Salary in Oregon $19.43 $40,420 # 46
Caterer Salary in Kansas $21.33 $44,370 # 47
Caterer Salary in West Virginia $20.05 $41,690 # 48
Caterer Salary in Tennessee $18.08 $37,610 # 49
Caterer Salary in Iowa $18.37 $38,210 # 50
Caterer Salary in Idaho $17.82 $37,060 # 51
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become a Caterer

Interested in becoming a Caterer? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good caterer? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Goldey-Beacom College | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates, Bachelors
  3. Get Hired

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