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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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 2,12077$16.44/hr$13.53/hr$14.13/hr$15.32/hr$17.98/hr$20.80/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities5,840$17.11/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services80$17.38/hr
Education and Health Services5,360$18.69/hr
Leisure and Hospitality7,070$14.74/hr
Other Services30$17.56/hr
Public Administration200$17.93/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 220$16.57/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 290$15.42/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 410$14.93/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 430$17.46/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 550$15.11/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 650$16.77/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 660$16.35/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 830$14.97/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 910$14.88/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 990$14.97/hr-3.7%
Southeast Balance of State 1,210$15.55/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 1,340$15.59/hr-6.5%
Southeast Minnesota 1,540$15.77/hr-7.4%
Northwest Balance of State 1,770$14.99/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 2,120$15.32/hr-7.5%
Central Minnesota 2,170$16.48/hr-4.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 10,630$17.38/hr-2.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 12,200$17.34/hrN/A
Minnesota 18,860$16.75/hr-4.4%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 6,590$14.19/hr22.9%
Fast Food and Counter Workers 57,230$14.79/hr12.4%
Cooks, Restaurant 27,440$18.58/hr45.9%

  • Add cutlery, napkins, food, and other items to trays on assembly lines in hospitals, cafeterias, airline kitchens, and similar establishments.
  • Operate cash register, handle money, and give correct change.
  • 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.
  • Keep records of the quantities of food used.
  • 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.