Food preparation worker earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Food preparation worker salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $24,558
Alabama $19,643
Arkansas $19,767
Arizona $23,241
California $24,402
Colorado $21,233
Connecticut $26,430
District of Columbia $29,100
Delaware $20,880
Florida $23,020
Georgia $20,350
Guam $19,420
Hawaii $27,009
Iowa $21,272
Idaho $19,715
Illinois $25,200
Indiana $19,697
Kansas $20,248
Kentucky $19,301
Louisiana $18,350
Massachusetts $27,420
Maryland $24,220
Maine $23,870
Michigan $22,530
Minnesota $26,180
Missouri $20,840
Mississippi $18,540
Montana $22,240
North Carolina $21,660
North Dakota $25,150
Nebraska $22,710
New Hampshire $24,360
New Jersey $22,520
New Mexico $21,460
Nevada $28,130
New York $26,656
Ohio $21,040
Oklahoma $19,880
Oregon $26,770
Pennsylvania $20,265
Puerto Rico $17,830
Rhode Island $27,910
South Carolina $22,540
South Dakota $21,880
Tennessee $22,160
Texas $22,730
Utah $24,030
Virginia $20,640
Virgin Islands $21,500
Vermont $25,840
Washington $28,210
Wisconsin $21,960
West Virginia $20,330
Wyoming $22,600

How do food preparation worker salaries compare to similar careers?

Food preparation workers earn 12% less than similar careers in the United States. On average, they make less than food batchmakers but more than hosts and hostesses.

Career Median Salary
Food batchmaker salary $31K
Dietetic technician salary $29K
Baker salary $28K
Food server salary $27K
Barista salary $25K
Food preparation worker salary $23K
Restaurant cook salary $22K
Host and hostess salary $22K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)