Occupational Employment Statistics


35-2021 Food Preparation Workers

Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 660121$13.06/hr$10.59/hr$11.47/hr$12.90/hr$14.52/hr$15.53/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities2,780$12.41/hr
Professional and Business Services120$12.50/hr
Education and Health Services1,410$13.66/hr
Leisure and Hospitality4,030$13.28/hr
Other ServicesN/A$13.13/hr
Public Administration90$14.17/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/A$13.36/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/A$11.78/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 120$13.94/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 250$10.06/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 260$11.82/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 290$13.45/hr0.5%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 290$12.69/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 290$13.01/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 310$13.64/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 390$12.65/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 510$11.21/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 530$12.42/hr5.9%
Northwest Minnesota 660$12.90/hr-2.9%
Central Minnesota 760$11.80/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 810$11.98/hr-4.6%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 820$12.68/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 5,480$13.53/hr8.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 6,200$13.22/hrN/A
Minnesota 8,670$12.98/hr3.9%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 8,020$12.82/hr5.9%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 5,140$11.44/hr3.4%
Cooks, Restaurant 28,480$14.29/hr7.2%

  • Add cutlery, napkins, food, and other items to trays on assembly lines in hospitals, cafeterias, airline kitchens, and similar establishments.
  • Receive and store food supplies, equipment, and utensils in refrigerators, cupboards, and other storage areas.
  • Use manual or electric appliances to clean, peel, slice, and trim foods.
  • Weigh or measure ingredients.
  • Inform supervisors when equipment is not working properly and when food and supplies are getting low, and order needed items.
  • Load dishes, glasses, and tableware into dishwashing machines.
  • Scrape leftovers from dishes into garbage containers.
  • Remove trash and clean kitchen garbage containers.
  • Cut, slice or grind meat, poultry, and seafood to prepare for cooking.
  • Prepare a variety of foods, such as meats, vegetables, or desserts, according to customers' orders or supervisors' instructions, following approved procedures.