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What is the average salary for Food Preparation Workers in the United States?

Food Preparation Workers earn an average hourly wage of $10.26. Hourly wages typically start from $8.04 and go up to $14.09. Food Preparation Workers earn an average salary of $21,340 per year. Salaries typically start from $16,730 and go up to $29,300.

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Highest

The top 10% of Food Preparation Workers in the United States earn:

$14.09 an hour $29,300 per year
Senior

The top 25% of Food Preparation Workers in the United States earn:

$11.41 an hour $23,740 per year
Experienced

The top 50% of Food Preparation Workers in the United States earn:

$9.40 an hour $19,560 per year
Junior

The bottom 25% of Food Preparation Workers in the United States earn:

$8.60 an hour $17,890 per year
Starting

The bottom 10% of Food Preparation Workers in the United States earn:

$8.04 an hour $16,730 per year

Historical salary for Food Preparation Workers in the United States

Food Preparation Worker salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Alaska $12.39 $25,780 # 1
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Nevada $12.35 $25,680 # 2
Food Preparation Worker Salary in North Dakota $11.65 $24,230 # 3
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Washington $11.59 $24,100 # 4
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Connecticut $11.57 $24,070 # 5
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Hawaii $11.50 $23,910 # 6
Food Preparation Worker Salary in New York $11.47 $23,850 # 7
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Massachusetts $11.41 $23,740 # 8
Food Preparation Worker Salary in District of Columbia $11.40 $23,720 # 9
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Minnesota $11.36 $23,630 # 10
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Rhode Island $11.23 $23,360 # 11
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Vermont $11.07 $23,030 # 12
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Maryland $11.04 $22,960 # 13
Food Preparation Worker Salary in New Jersey $11.01 $22,910 # 14
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Colorado $10.96 $22,790 # 15
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Oregon $10.76 $22,380 # 16
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Maine $10.75 $22,350 # 17
Food Preparation Worker Salary in New Hampshire $10.74 $22,330 # 18
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Michigan $10.70 $22,250 # 19
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Wyoming $10.62 $22,080 # 20
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Ohio $10.48 $21,800 # 21
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Florida $10.39 $21,610 # 22
Food Preparation Worker Salary in California $10.38 $21,590 # 23
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Pennsylvania $10.26 $21,340 # 24
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Delaware $10.15 $21,110 # 25
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Arizona $10.11 $21,020 # 26
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Virginia $10.09 $20,980 # 27
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Illinois $9.96 $20,720 # 28
Food Preparation Worker Salary in New Mexico $9.91 $20,620 # 29
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Wisconsin $9.75 $20,280 # 30
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Kentucky $9.74 $20,260 # 31
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Georgia $9.74 $20,250 # 32
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Montana $9.73 $20,230 # 33
Food Preparation Worker Salary in North Carolina $9.66 $20,100 # 34
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Texas $9.65 $20,070 # 35
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Missouri $9.61 $19,990 # 36
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Utah $9.59 $19,940 # 37
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Iowa $9.49 $19,730 # 38
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Indiana $9.40 $19,550 # 39
Food Preparation Worker Salary in South Carolina $9.36 $19,480 # 40
Food Preparation Worker Salary in West Virginia $9.34 $19,430 # 41
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Idaho $9.29 $19,320 # 42
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Tennessee $9.24 $19,220 # 43
Food Preparation Worker Salary in South Dakota $9.15 $19,040 # 44
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Oklahoma $9.14 $19,000 # 45
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Kansas $9.13 $18,990 # 46
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Nebraska $9.05 $18,830 # 47
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Alabama $9.04 $18,810 # 48
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Mississippi $8.75 $18,210 # 49
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Arkansas $8.75 $18,190 # 50
Food Preparation Worker Salary in Louisiana $8.54 $17,760 # 51
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics