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
Southeast Minnesota 730126$13.40/hr$10.64/hr$11.31/hr$12.53/hr$15.11/hr$17.78/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities3,400$13.29/hr
Professional and Business Services120$12.86/hr
Education and Health Services2,640$14.91/hr
Leisure and Hospitality2,560$13.42/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration50$15.37/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/A$13.95/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 220$13.76/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 280$11.74/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 300$13.84/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 310$12.10/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 310$13.36/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 340$13.39/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 400$13.30/hr0.5%
Northwest Balance of State 480$13.82/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 580$13.00/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 640$12.98/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 650$12.28/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 730$12.53/hr5.9%
Northwest Minnesota 900$14.08/hr-2.9%
Southwest Minnesota 960$12.71/hr-4.6%
Central Minnesota 1,130$12.68/hr1.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,610$14.68/hr8.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 5,830$14.08/hrN/A
Minnesota 8,950$13.84/hr3.9%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 9,950$13.05/hr5.9%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 4,750$11.71/hr3.4%
Cooks, Restaurant 29,240$14.73/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.