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Life As a Food Preparer or Server

Occupation Description All food preparation and serving related workers not listed separately.

Other Food Preparer or Server Job Titles

  • Food and Beverage Checker
  • Food Mobile Driver
  • Dietitian Helper
  • Food Aide
  • Galley Worker

Job Opportunities for Food Preparers and Servers

There were about 60,900 jobs for Food Preparer or Server in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 5,600 new jobs for Food Preparer or Server by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 11,300 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Food Preparer or Server are Idaho, Arizona, and Texas. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Nebraska, or Montana. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Food Preparer or Server

The salary for Food Preparers and Servers ranges between about $18,340 and $35,550 a year.


Food Preparers and Servers who work in District of Columbia, Alaska, or Wyoming, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Food Preparers and Servers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $23,840
Alaska $34,010
Arizona $25,730
Arkansas $20,810
California $26,500
Colorado $23,650
Connecticut $32,910
Delaware $25,060
District of Columbia $39,250
Florida $24,130
Georgia $20,240
Hawaii $26,730
Idaho $22,830
Illinois $26,210
Indiana $21,810
Iowa $24,370
Kansas $24,200
Kentucky $23,160
Louisiana $21,120
Maryland $26,840
Massachusetts $31,150
Michigan $25,280
Minnesota $27,760
Mississippi $22,180
Missouri $22,250
Montana $24,540
Nebraska $25,870
Nevada $28,010
New Hampshire $24,180
New Jersey $27,750
New Mexico $24,090
New York $29,570
North Carolina $22,470
Ohio $23,590
Oklahoma $21,260
Oregon $25,420
Pennsylvania $25,620
Rhode Island $27,230
South Carolina $20,400
Tennessee $27,130
Texas $22,750
Utah $22,140
Vermont $27,670
Virginia $25,630
Washington $25,550
West Virginia $23,430
Wisconsin $26,210
Wyoming $29,250

Where Food Preparers and Servers Work


Food Preparers and Servers work in the following industries:



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